Action in the Rugby Africa Women’s Cup climaxes on Sunday as the Uganda Rugby Lady Cranes face Zimbabwe Sables in the reverse fixture. The lunchtime kickoff is a sequel of the 41:00 drubbing of the Sables by Uganda last time out.
One may wonder why Kyadondo Rugby Grounds is hosting the supposedly away fixture? You may need to know that the top seeds in each pool were chosen to host all games to mitigate the coronavirus that has held the world at ransom.
Beaming with confidence from a bonus point victory on Wednesday, Peace Lekuru will lead her girls onto the Kyadondo green with only one change. Coach Leonard Lubambula shuffles his second-row, bringing in Teddy Iwutung for Sarah Kirabo. Teddy, who was sin-binned last time out, wins her sixth cap with the remaining team unchanged.
Uganda Rugby Lady Cranes new partnerships
Woman of the match last time out Winnie Atyang partners Iwutung at lock as Lubambula’s charges look to replicate their ruthless performance. But, much as the Sables asked very few questions in the first encounter, Lubambula isn’t yet carried away.
Much as 41:00 is good result for us, we shouldn’t get excited. As a team, we made many mistakes though we won.
We are going back onto the drawing board to correct these mistakes and get back on Sunday stronger.Lady Cranes coach Leonard Lubambula’s remarks after the first win against Zimbabwe
Mbale Eagles’ Masitula Nambozo is maintained in the reserves with her teammate Zaumah Nashukah in contention to make her debut. The scrum-half came off the bench to convert Asha Nakityo’s try after an appalling kicking display from Charlotte Mudoola.
Zimbabwe Sables not bowed down
On the other hand, Sables coach Munya Mondha looks to build on their first-half display going into Sunday’s do-or-die lunchtime showdown. Cranes took a humble 10:00 lead into halftime last time out before seeing out a seemingly stretched Zimbabwe after the interval.
- Forwards: 1 Patricia Anek, 2 Yvonne Najjuma, 3 Faith Namugga, 4 Winnie Atyang, 5 Teddy Iwutung, 6 Angella Nanyonjo, 7 Mary Gloria Ayot, 8 Lydia Namabiro.
- Backs: 9 Julie Nandawula, 10 Charlotte Mudoola, 11 Agnes Nakuya, 12 Peace Lekuru (captain), 13 Emilly Lekuru, 14 Grace Auma, 15 Samiya Ayikoru.
- Reserves: 16 Fazila Namukwaya, 17 Peace Mirembe, 18 Lyton Nakabugo, 19 Zauma Nashuha, 20 Maimuna Nassozi, 21 Asha Nakityo, 22 Masitula Namboozo, 23 Christine Akello.