Uganda Rugby Cranes head coach John Duncan remains optimistic despite his sides embarrassing defeat to Namibia in Windhoek in the opening game of the Africa Gold Cup.
The Rugby Cranes suffered a 55-6 defeat at Hage Geingob Stadium on Saturday and head coach John Duncan pinned the defeat to unforced errors.
“I think Namibia played particularly well and got off to a good start. We seemed to be chasing the game and made a lot of unforced errors,” the South African said in the post match interview.
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Duncan has a two-week break to re-organize his charges ahead of their second tie of the campaign away to Kenya in Nairobi on Saturday, July 7. He believes his team will bounce back.
“Sport is about bouncing back and showing character and these guys do have the character. We back them 100% and we need to tighten a few areas. “All is not lost; the final game will decide who is going where.”
Uganda’s defense was porous and could not keep up with Namibia quick transition attack but captain Asuman Mugerwa believes they will be better against Kenya.
“Come against Kenya, we will be better. We are going to work more on our defense. I think we conceded too many penalties. The defense was shady,” Mugerwa said in the post math interview.
Rugby Africa Gold Cup Fixtures
16 June 2018
Zimbabwe 23 Morocco 23
Namibia 55 Uganda 6
23 June 2018
Namibia v Tunisia -Quinton Immelman(SARU)
Morocco v Kenya -Sebastien Minery(FFR)
30 June 2018
Kenya v Zimbabwe -Tual Trainini(FFR)
Morocco v Namibia -Adrien Descottes(FFR)
7 July 2018
Kenya v Uganda -Quinton Immelman(SARU)
Tunisia v Zimbabwe -Jonathan Dufort(FFR)
4 August 2018
Uganda v Tunisia -Cwengile Jadezweni(SARU)
Zimbabwe v Namibia -Egon Seconds(SARU)
11 August 2018
Uganda v Morocco -Rasta Rasivhenge(SARU)
Kenya v Tunisia -Julian Castaignede(FFR)
18 August 2018
Uganda v Zimbabwe -Egon Seconds(SARU)
Namibia v Kenya -Rasta Rasivhenge(SARU)
Tunisia v Morocco -Cedric Marchat(FFR)
2.Loser of (Germany/Portugal) vs Samoa
4.Asia 2(Likely to be Hong Kong or Tahiti)
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