Rugby World Cup African Qualifiers: Uganda beats Tunisia

Mazino Dickson

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Uganda beat Tunisia for their first win this year, and temporarily climb to third, a position originally occupied by Tunisia.

Uganda ran in 9 tries in total, converted 8 and added two penalties against Tunisia’s two tries and converted only one.

Uganda’s tries came through fullback Phillip Wokorach with a hat-trick, Michael Wokorach, Solomon Okia, Robert Masendi, Asuman Mugerwa the skipper with a brace and Ian Munyani, while Tunisia’s try scorers were Hosem Khalfi and Achref Dhif.

Tunisia started the game with the highest gusto and were rewarded with a try within two minutes thanks to Mohammed Ali and would have scored more save for a few handling errors.

Uganda came back through two quick Phillip Wokorach penalties, settling the home side in and giving them the slender 6-5 lead before Uganda opened the flood gates. Robert Masendi got Uganda’s first in the corner which Phillip Wokorach converted.

Michael Wokorach would late go back in the same corner for the second try. Not long after, Phillip Wokorach danced through Tunisia’s defense and laid on the plate a very easy try for Uganda’s captain Asuman Mugerwa, with Phillip converting to end the half 25-05 in Uganda’s favor.

The second half started with the same tune as the first ended. Asuman Mugerwa bundled over the Tunisia try line with only 22 seconds gone in the second half to extend Uganda’s lead to 30, and Phillip converted to extend Uganda’s lead to 32. On top of converting, Phillip Wokorach ran in a quick hat-trick which he converted.

Uganda brought on speedster Okia Solomon and the Sevens star took 56 seconds to score his try.

Phillip Wokorach converted the try. Solomon Okia was back on the attack again as he tore through six defenders and goose stepping the full back to feed Ian Munyani for an easy try.

Kabras Sugar and Uganda Rugby Cranes full back Phillip Wokroach was easily voted man of the match following his hat-trick, two penalties and eight conversions bringing his points tally to 37 points.

Uganda’s next game will be against Morocco on 11th August in Kampala for the second of three home games while Tunisia are still East Africa as they travel to Kenya.

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