Ghana scored 19 points in the final half to beat Algeria 22-20 in a Rugby Africa Cup Pool C match played on Wednesday at Kyadondo Grounds.
The win means Ghana have revived their 2022 Rugby Africa Cup quarterfinal dream. For Algeria, they must beat Uganda on Sunday with a bonus point to lock Ghana out of the 2022 showpiece.
Ghana came to this match having suffered a 53-12 loss to Uganda and had a slow start that saw them let in 20 points in the first half. In the final, they managed to stand tall to avoid letting in more points.
Algeria touched down the opening try through Meneghini Maxim but their conversion went wide. They would add three more points via Loree Mathieu after a penalty. Ghana pulled back on their second time of trying with Josiah Twum-Boafo’s kick missing the target but Kofi Appiah’s attempt hit the target t to change the scores to 5-3.
The Algerians went on to register the second try after Cardoni Remi dived over from a maul. The Algerians proceeded to the break, leading 17 with points after Caminati Benjamin touched down for the third try after several pick and drives. A successful conversion after the try saw them hit the 20-point mark.
Algeria had to play the better part of the second half’s opening minutes with one man less after Djebbari Yakine’s yellow card. Ghana trimmed the gap with a penalty try before they were also reduced to 14-men after Gideon Klugey was yellow carded. Tourek Faical would also receive a yellow card in the final 15 minutes of the game.
Ghana stayed in the game after scoring through Lesley Ansah who chased a grubber kick to score their second try. Appiah missed the conversion attempt which would have trimmed the gap to three points with six minutes to play.
The Eagles would sneak away with a win thanks to Lesley’s centre post try which tied the scorers. Appiah converted for a 22-20 win. Ghana have four points while Uganda have five.
Ghana squad Forwards: 1 Prince Kweku Boamah, 2 Rabiu Mohammed, 3 Christian Adamson, 4 Philip Apea-Adu, 5 Lukman Yaya, 6 Ka-Cie Addison, 7 Gideon Klugey, 8 Myles Scott.
Backs: 9 Kofi Montchon, 10 Koffi Appiah, 11 Abdul Jalilu Yussif, 12 Josiah Twum-Boafo, 13 Selon Gavor (captain), 14 Lesley Ansah, 15 Francis Donkor.
Reserves: 16 Abdul Illiasu, 17 Andre Hammond, 18 Andrews Amissah, 19 Correy Addison, 20 Fidel Agomedzi, 21 Kossivi Richard, 22 William Ayeethey, 23 Solomon Akumba.
10th July 2021
3:00pm – Ghana 12-53 Uganda (Men)
14th July 2021.
1:00pm – Uganda 41-0 Zimbabwe (Women)
3:00pm – Algeria 20-22 Ghana (Men)
18th July 2021.
1:00pm – Zimbabwe VS Uganda (Women)
3:00pm – Uganda VS Algeria (Men)