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John Duncan Confident Rugby Cranes Will Bounce Back


After losing 16-34 to the Kenya Simbas last month, Rugby Cranes head coach John Duncan revealed that his charges would correct their mistakes and bounce back to make every Ugandan proud.

However, the team’s 55-6 loss to Namibia in Windhoek on Saturday, suggested it may take a while for the Cranes find their footing again.

And, Duncan, once again promised that the team would bounce back.

­”Sport is all about bouncing back and showing character. These guys have the character and will fight all the way,” Duncan said in a post match interview.

The Cranes were destroyed by Namibia in their opening game of this year’s Rugby Africa Gold Cup in Windhoek to have their chances of qualifying to the world cup heavily disrupted.

Uganda lost miserably to Namibia over the weekend

“Namibia played particularly well today and got off to a good start. We seemed to be chasing the game but then made a lot unforced errors,” he added.

When asked in an interview by APO Group, about the areas the team needs to work on, Duncan could not point out the weaknesses but revealed that there are areas that the team has to work on.


“We set high expectations for ourselves and we have a few areas to work on. We have to bounce back if we want to be serious contenders,”

Uganda could not score a try and the only points came from fly half James Ijongat’s boot.

Despite letting in nine tries on the day, Duncan believes the Cranes still have a chance and that the winner of the tournament will be determined on the last day of the competition.

“All is not lost, the final game will decide who is going where,” the South African tactician reasoned.

The Cranes will, however, need more than just Duncan’s confidence to stand the slightest of chances in the competition.

The poor display from the front points to a long season the team will face against more well conditioned opponents in the competition.

Next in line for the Cranes is Kenya in Nairobi and the hosts will be looking to pile more misery on the depleted Cranes team.

Uganda will now use the two-week break to reorganise ahead of their second tie in Nairobi on July 7.

Namibia now lead the log with five points from the win.

In the first game of the tournament, Zimbabwe and newly promoted Morocco played out to a 23 all draw in Harare.

The result in Harare also points to a fact that Morocco and Zimbabwe cannot be taken for granted by anyone in the competition.

Uganda will play three home games against Tunisia, Morocco and Zimbabwe on August 4, 11 and 18 respectively.

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