Ukonga Queens stamp authority in rugby

UKONGA Queens Rugby team was all but smiles after they registered two victories in the first women’s rugby contact event held at the Wananchi pitch (formerly Yanga pitch) in Kigamboni, Dar es Salaam over the weekend.

Organised by the Tanzania Rugby Union (TRU), the event saw Ukonga start with sound note after stamping an impressive 15-0 victory over Weedo (We Do With You) in the opening match.

They came strong again in the second game of the day to defeat Dar Cubs 20-10.

The TRU committee member in charge of women’s development, Fatma El-Kindiy told the ‘Daily News’ after the game that the event was a huge success.

She said the event that brought together three Dar es Salaam-based teams, saw the ladies  showcasing a high skilled game.

“This is part of women’s development programmes, we have started with Dar es Salaam, but we expect to do it  every month as we are hoping to test other teams from other zones too,” she said.

Commenting on  the weekend games, Kindiy who has been involved in rugby since 2015 as a player and  the representative of  her club in Gaborone Rugby Football Club in Botswana, complimented Ukonga Queens for the success saying the experience has played part in their two victories.

Kindiy stressed: “I started with Ukonga Queens, it was the first team I helped to set up and coach for a little while, they got to play in the Dar es Salaam touch tournament. I had to find another team so that there could be some sort of competition.

“I found Weedo and introduced rugby to them. They were very behind and had only one month to learn the game and the rules. They had a coach but he needed assistance due to time. They put in tremendous effort to get to where they are now in a short time,” she explained.

She added that the game was exciting, I think a lot of people who had doubts about women’s rugby were very surprised.

She said both teams did well but they both have a lot to learn and with time they will get to the national level if they are dedicated to training.

“The skills are there, both teams know the game.  If they play more games, they get to learn much more and gain confidence,” she explained.

The weekend was not short of rugby activities as at UWCE ground in Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region, Arusha Rhinos humiliated Moshi Bulls with 61-12 win in the men’s friendly game.

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