Uganda had to rally to force a 10-7 win over Zimbabwe in the final match of the Africa 7s tournament played on Saturday 7 October 2017 at the Legends Rugby grounds in Kampala.
Zimbabwe showed early signs of dethroning the defending champions as they pinned them in their own half and they were rewarded after landing a try that was successfully converted for a 7-0 lead.
Lawrence Ssebuliba’s efforts were thwarted by the Zimbabwean defence as he tried to race to the tryline to level the scores as Zimbabwe took the slender 7-0 advantage to the break.
Uganda would be dealt a major setback as Pius Ogena was sent to the sinbin after the player appeared to have committed a dangerous challenge.
Moments later,Uganda cut the deficit to 2 points as Nondies RFC winger James Odong barged over but the attempted conversion went wide.
Eric Kasito would win it at the daeth for Uganda as he touched down to ensure the side successfully defended their Africa 7s crown as well as grabbing the ticket to next year’s sevens world cup.
Enroute the final,Uganda had comfortably seen off Zambia 38-12.Eric Kasiita landed the first try after receiving a nice offload from Lawrence Ssebuliba before successfully converting to hand Uganda a 7-0 lead.
Ssebuliba would then grab two tries in succession,one of which was successfully converted by Phillip Wokorach to extend the hosts lead to 19-0 but Zambia would respond,pulling a try back just before the break.
Phillip Wokorach then sidestepped his opponents before touching down for a try which he converted as Zambia landed their second,scores now reading 26-12 in Uganda’s favour.
Uganda would seal their place in the final after adding two more tries courtesy of Ssebuliba to ensure the sailed to the final.
Zimbabwe made it to the cup final after running in 3 converted tries to dismiss islanders Madagascar 21-10.