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Rugby 7s Challenger Series: Uganda Finish Inside Qualification Bracket

Uganda in action against Brazil. SevenPunta photo

Uganda Men’s Rugby 7s senior national team managed to secure a place in the World Series Qualifiers after coming seventh in the two-legged Challenger Series.

Uganda who clinched a seventh place, is therefore among the eight teams that qualified to play in the Hong Kong where the winner gains promotion to the World Rugby Sevens Series as a core team for the 2020–21 season.

Coached by Tolbert Onyango, Uganda had finished with 11 points after the first leg held last weekend in Chile.

In the second leg in Montevideo, Uganda beat Brazil 19-12 but came third in Pool B after defeats against Hong Kong and Jamaica.

Uganda (yellow) in action against Zimbabwe. SevenPunta photo

In the placement games, Uganda beat Paraguay (56-7) and Papua New Guinea (22-19)to set up a thrilling decider with fellow African nation Zimbabwe.

Tries from Philip Wokorach who made three conversions, Solomon Okia, Pius Ogena and Michael Wokorach saw Uganda finish it late against Zimbabwe to win 26-24 to end with eight points in the 2nd leg.

Uganda finished ninth on day two, but seventh overall (combined with leg one) to finish inside the top eight who are needed to compete for next season’s series set in Hong Kong.

Japan came top of the final Challenger Series standings after beating Uruguay 5-0 in extra time in the final of week 2.

Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Chile, Uruguay, Tonga and Zimbabwe are the other seven countries that are through to the next stage at the Hong Kong Sevens.

The Hong Kong Sevens, originally on 3-5 April, will now be played at the Hong Kong Stadium from 16-18 October, 2020 after a recent Corona Virus outbreak.

The Top Eight

2020 World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series
Series I
 
Pos
Event Team
Viña del Mar

Monte­video
Points
total
1 Japan172239
2 Hong Kong191736
3 Germany221335
4 Chile151530
5 Uruguay81927
6 Tonga131124
7 Uganda11819
8 Zimbabwe12719

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