In-form Namibia Defeat Uganda Rugby Cranes

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Hosts Uganda suffered their first defeat 48-24 to Namibia in a 2017 Africa Rugby Gold Cup game played at the Legends Club, Lugogo on Saturday.

But before kick-off the game delayed by 40 minutes after a military chopper carrying the  Speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga who was the chief guest landed on the filed of play.

The determined Namibian team started the game with speed, but the hosts took the advantage first with Asuman Mugerwa scoring the first try and Philip Wokorach making no mistake with the conversion.

But after two minutes Namibia scored a penalty through Cliven Loubser before Justin Newman picked the first try to make it 8-7 after 10 minutes. Loubser made no mistake scoring the conversion.

Wokoroch who was voted man-of - the-match in the 78-17 win against Tunisia a week ago made sure he scored a penalty to make it 10-10 after 15 minutes. But the quick Namibian team later run riot and scored two tries through 8 and Johan Tramp, with Loubser converting one of them. The visitors took a 22-10 half time lead as the Ugandan fans became unsettled.

After recess Uganda failed to play a coordinated game as poor ball handling by Micheal Okorach gifted Namibia with a chance to increase the lead with another try to make it 29-10. The visitors with nice inter play made it 34-10 with Newman on the score sheet again. But Loubser missed the conversion.

Making his debut for Uganda Rugby Cranes Eric Mula scored a try on 54 minutes after a neat pass by Mathias Ochwo. The conversion was well struck by Wokorach before he also also picked a try two minutes later after a neat pass by fly half Ivan Magomu.

But later the hosts failed to match Namibia's speed and clever passing as the visitors added two more tries. The win takes Namibia to 20 points after they also picked a bonus point.
"The boys knew the game plan and did exactly as we had planned. It is a sweet win away from home," Namibia's coach Davies Philip Thomas told URN after the game.

Uganda's head coach John Duncan was a disappointed man attributing the defeat to the slow reaction of his players. "We let in some silly mistake at the back and got punished," added the coach. Uganda will now wait to hosts Zimbabwe next weekend in the last game.