Uganda climb to new high in World Rugby Women’s Rankings

Back-to-back victories against Zimbabwe in the Rugby Africa Women’s Cup sends the Lady Cranes climbing up to 31st in the rankings.

Captain Peace Lekuru led the way with a couple of tries as Uganda secured a 34-3 win against a well-beaten Zimbabwe in Kampala on Sunday.

It was another accomplished performance from the Lady Cranes as they followed up Wednesday’s 41-0 victory against the same opposition. 

The home side had a comfortable cushion at the break despite losing two players to the sin-bin, with Lekuru’s quickfire brace accompanied by additional points from the boot of Charlotte Mudoola.

Emilly Lekuru scored Uganda’s third try at the start of the second half from a lineout catch-and-drive move before prop Faith Namugga got in on the act to cap a fine personal display.

Once again, Mudoola converted both the tries and added a penalty as the Lady Cranes built up a 34-0 lead.

Zimbabwe, who failed to score in the first encounter, managed to finally get some points on the board thanks to a penalty from Delight Dananai.

The 2.89 rating points gained over the course of the week has resulted in a climb of eight places in the World Rugby Women’s Rankings for Uganda to a new high of 31st.

Zimbabwe have gone in the other direction, down to 46th, which is their lowest position.

The World Rugby Women's Rankings are officially updated every Monday at 12 noon (BST)

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Last updated: Jul 19, 2021, 12:21:05 PM
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