SPAR Challenge Tri-Nations: She Cranes Lose To South Africa Again

Uganda fell to South Africa in the final game of day 4 at the SPAR Challenge Tri- Nation Series in Cape Town

The She Cranes narrowly lost 37-46 to suffer their second defeat of the tournament after losing to the same side in their first game of the series on Thursday.

She Cranes who had already played against Namibia, earlier in the day, showed no sign of fatigue as they gave the Spar Proteas a run for their money.

Despite both sides producing a strong performance in the early exchanges, the home side eventually took the first quarter 12-10.

The second quarter was just a replica of the first, as the game was physical and intense, and still ended in favour of South Africa who won who went into the break leading 20-18.

She Cranes started the 3rd quarter very rusty, firing blanks in their final third, making blind passes and poor feed around the shooting circle on which the Proteas capitalised to establish a 6 goal caution to end the quarter at 33-37.

Uganda slightly put the foot off the pedal, allowing the Protea to break away even more to create a 10 goal lead at some point but tried to tussle back before losing the contest 43-36.

She cranes head coach Rashid Mubiru said that his team’s blind passes cost them the game however he promised to adjust in next fixture.

“My team has played a lot of blind passes to enable South Africa take the game. Said Mubiru after the game.

We need to adjust in our passing and hopefully bounce back better in the next game.”

A loss has denied the She Crane a chance to level up with Proteas who now extended the lead to 8 points after winning all their four games, so far.

Uganda will on Monday take on Namibia again while South Africa have a day off.

Scores breakdown

Q1 South Africa 12-10 Uganda
HT South Africa 20-18 Uganda.
Q3 South Africa 33-27 Uganda
FT South Africa 46-37 Uganda.

Uganda Starting 7

GS Shadiah Nassanga Ssegujja, GA Irene Eyaru, WA Sarah Nakiyunga, C Stella Oyella (C), WD Florence Adunia, GD Joan Nampungu, GK Shaffie Nalwanja

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