When Rugby Cranes assistant captain Michael Wokorach sets foot on the pitch this Saturday against the Kenya Lions for the first leg of the Elgon Cup, he will be earning his 30th cap, making him the most capped player in the national side.
Wokorach has been an integral part of the Cranes setting since making his debut in the 2009 Elgon Cup against Kenya in Nairobi.
His 30 caps have seen him come up against Kenya more than any other side and he does know them a bit well. “I know most of them very well as I have faced them over the years, especially the backline,” Wokorach told Daily Monitor.
The reigning Uganda Sports Press Association (Uspa) rugby player of the year thinks Cranes can upset Kenya despite the neighbours naming a stronger side than they have in the last two Elgon Cups.
“They have brought out their best team this time round but we can beat them. We need to keep the ball more,” he offered.
“Their (Kenya) strength lies in their experienced forwards but our backline has enough talent to hurt them.”
The Hima Heathens centre also suggests that playing a hard-running game on Saturday can expose and crack the Kenyans.
“They find tackling hard especially when you run hard at them and that is a weakness we should utilise against them,” said Wokorach.
Wokorach’s experience has also seen him named Cranes assistant captain while he also captains the sevens national side.
Despite having enough belief in the side, Wokorach exepects the fans to play a big role for the Cranes by cheering from start to finish.
“The fans should come out in big numbers and support us through the game and we shall deliver.”
Source: The Monitor