Kampala. The Rugby Sevens Cranes return home this afternoon after falling short in the HSBC World Sevens Rugby Series qualifier in Hong Kong over the weekend.
On their third attempt to gain core status in as many years, Tolbert Onyango`s troops could not progress past the pool stage despite managing five points. Two loses against Germany and Chile left Cranes’ work cut out against Cook Island with a healthy winning margin required to progress. It ended 29-25 in favour of Uganda but they needed more.
This left them languishing in ninth place with Philippines taking the last quarterfinal place, therefore crashing out of the tournament that was won by Ireland. Ninth place is a decline with Uganda having managed quarterfinals in their last two outings.
Despite hitting below previous heights, Onyango is witnessing improvement in all facets let alone a few costly errors that can go away with time.
“We turn our efforts to Olympics qualifiers. We keep on ticking the boxes bit by bit in our game. We are getting better every despite not making the quarters this year. We should have won the Germany game but such is sport, two errors from us and we lost.”
Attention will now shift to the July Africa Rugby Olympics qualifiers where the winner gets an automatic slot at the Tokyo 2020. It will also the second time the games have rugby after being included for the first tin Brazil in 2016. The top four nations at the end of the running World Rugby Sevens Series season will be joined by a side from Asia, Oceania, Europe, South America and North America.