Uganda Rugby Cranes lost their second consecutive match in the Victoria Cup on Saturday as they went 38-18 down to Zimbabwe Sables at legends.
The Sables came strong and with a clear game plan to finish the job as early as possible as they went 19-0 up just after ten minutes.
The Cranes, trying hard not to hide in front of their home fans, fought back to cut the gap to seven after Philip Wokorach converted four successive penalties by halftime.
Cranes returned from the break on the same gear and were equal at 19-19 within a short time.
That made the team to believe that they could, after all, win the game. However, that never happened. Coach Robert Seguya made a change bringing on Aaron Ofwoyroth on for Paul Epilo.
That change turned regretful as Ofwoyroth earned a yellow card and sent to the bin just after five minutes. The Sables used that gap to their advantage as they went 14 points clear.
Cranes captain Ivan Magomu is not reserved in his comments after the game and admits that Ofwoyroth’s mistake cost the team the game.
“It was a very disappointing result that didn’t go as planned. They started on a high note and got us on the back foot but we were a much fitter team and were able to level up. We let ourselves down discipline-wise and got a yellow card which cost us a lot. They capitalised on that gap, we tried to catch up but it was too late,” he mourned.
However, despite the loss which was the second after losing to Kenya at home last month, Magomu believes that the team has picked some positives to build on.
“There were lots of positives [to pick from the game]. We came down from 19-0 down and levelled up the scores and I think we were able to get a losing bonus. That shows that we can actually come back from
19-0 down and win a game. But it didn’t go our way and we congratulate Zimbabwe for the good show. We now look forward to the Zambia game,” he adds.
Uganda will host debutants Zambia on August 10th, and then travel to Zimbabwe and Kitwe, Zambia for the penultimate and last matches on 24th and 31st same month.