Uganda Lady Cranes started off their Rugby Africa Women’s campaign with a comfortable 41-0 win over Zimbabwe in a match played at Kyadondo Grounds.
The side scored 31 points in the closing half to add on the 10 points scored in the first half to pick a huge win in the encounter. Samiya Ayikoru and Emilly Lekuru scored the first two tries in the opening half.
Peace Lekuru opened the second half tries before Grace Auma joined the scoresheet with a try that took the the scores to 24-0 after both tries were converted. Emilly and Peace returned to the scoresheet with their second tries of the day stretching the lead to 34-0.
Both sides were reduced to 14 with Teddy Iwutung and Andile Shamaine Moyo receiving yellow cards. Asha Nakityo scored a late try which Masitula Namboozo converted for a 41-0 .
The teams will face off on Sunday in the return leg match.
Uganda Lady Cranes Squad Forwards: Patricia Anek (Vice-Captain), Yvonne Najjuma, Faith Namugga. Winnie Atyang, Sarah Kirabo, Angella Nanyonjo, Mary Gloria Ayot, Lydia Namabiro
Backs :Julie Nandawula, Charlotte Mudoola (Vice Captain), Agnes Nakuya, Peace Lekuru, Emilly Lekuru, Grace Auma, Samiya Ayikoru
Reserves; Fazila Namukwaya, Peace Mirembe, Lyton Nakabugo. Teddy Iwutung, Maimuna Nassozi, Asha Nakityo, Masitula Namboozo and Suzan Adong
Zimbabwe Forwards: 1 Andile Shamaine Moyo, 2 Patience Harubereki, 3 Melissa Ndlovu, 4 Caroline Malenga, 5 Munashe Juliet Kudzunga, 6 Nyashadzashe Gonangombe, 7 Samantha Chirongoma, 8 Rumbidzai Liliosa Chigumbu.
Backs: 9 Gladys Shyline Mukome, 10 Constance Netsai Ngwende (captain), 11 Robyn Kindness A. Mhembere, 12 Delight Dananai Mukomondo, 13 Chiwoniso Emelda Mabika, 14 Lindiwe Munerenyu, 15 Tanaka Elister Kanyepi.
Reserves: 16 Malanda Tinarwo, 17 Sikhumbuzo Sophia Muchenje, 18 Tadiwanashe Charity Kwete, 19 Rufaro Tagarira, 20 Precious Kudzanai Chirinda, 21 Ruvimbo Mudyanadzo.