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Uganda Rugby Cranes Still Focused – Coach

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.
18 Jun 2018 15:02
Uganda Rugby Cranes coach John Duncan speaks to a players during a previous game.
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, according to a press release issued by the Uganda Rugby Union this afternoon. 

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,” he added.

Uganda's defence 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 defence. I think we conceded too many penalties. The defence was shady,” Mugerwa said.