Uganda Sevens defeat Italy to finish fifth

Uganda’s Adrian Kasito goes past a South Korean opponent during the completion | Photo by IRB

RUGBY Uganda Sevens defeat Italy to finish fifth

Ndyamuhaki J Emanzi 12:57 - 22.04.2023

The Uganda Rugby Cranes Sevens have defeated Italy 19-15 to finish fifth at the World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

A brace of tries from Denis Etwau and one by Aaron Ofoyrwoth helped Uganda get over the line in a tight contest Friday afternoon.

Ofoyrwoth and William Nkore added two conversions for Uganda to end the tournament on a high.

Having started the tournament with three wins in Pool C, Uganda’s journey to the top hit a snag against Germany in the quarters.

Tolbert Onyango’s charges defeated Brazil, Jamaica and Korea 7s in the group games.

Their run was, however, halted by Germany in the quarter-finals, a 26-14 defeat enough to end the team’s chase for a place in the semis.

The World Challenger Series provides a pathway to the HSBC World Rugby Series Circuit, and Uganda has been pushing to get in since 2017, when they played in the World Series Qualifier in Hong Kong.

World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series

Fifth-place final: Uganda 19-15 Italy