Women Ruggers Qualify for Final phase of 2013 World Cup Qualifiers

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The Lady Cranes lost 40-5 to the mighty South Africa team in the final in Botswana this evening, but still qualified for the last phase of the 2013 World Cup qualifiers to take place year.

Uganda’s 7s rugby team, Lady Cranes have qualified for the final round of the 2013 World Cup, after they emerged second in the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) Women’s Southern and Eastern pre-World Cup 2013 qualifiers which ended in Bostwana on Sunday evening.
Giants South Africa, Uganda, Kenya and Zimbabwe made it to the final phase of the qualifiers, but the Lady Cranes gave a good account of themselves when they reached the final and went down 40-5 to South Africa.
“The girls put up a good performance and we are happy that we have made it to the next round of the qualifiers,” said coach Anthony Kinene on phone from Botswana.
In the group games Uganda beat archrivals Kenya 17-5, stopped hosts Botswana 17-7, before bring down Madagascar 17-0 and storm the semi finals. Led by skipper Charlotte Mudoola, the Lady Cranes struggled but eventually defeated Zimbabwe 7-0 in the semi final.
According to the International Rugby Board (IRB) and CAR, the best four teams from the qualifiers in the Southern and Eastern region will now join the other four from the North and West for the final qualifying round in 2012. The 2013 Women’s World Cup will take place in Moscow, Russia.
The event attracted Uganda, Madagascar, Kenya, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and newcomers Rwanda.
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