Uganda beat Senegal by one-point, just as it was three years ago, only that the West-Africans came out on top at that moment.

The Uganda Rugby Cranes defeated Senegal in their own backyard by 17-16 in a thrilling encounter that sent the East African side atop the standings.

This was Uganda’s second game of the competition on the road following the 33-all draw away in Kenya. However, to Senegal this was their second humiliation in front of home fans, coming after the first loss to Zimbabwe in their Competition opener.

Uganda capitalized on Senegal’s slow start into the game and managed to hold onto the lead till the end. All of Uganda’s points came before the half time break, managing to score 17-13 before ging silent for the rest of the game.

After the break, Senegal returned an improved side but thanks to Uganda’s defense line that allowed only three points, the Cranes managed to take all five, away from home. Perhaps Senegal being reduced to fourteen-men also played a significant part in shaping proceedings of the second period.

Uganda capitalized on speed and quick transitions as Michael Wokorach, and Marvin Odong ran the first half but only returned to struggle in the second period.

Uganda now lead the standings by six-points, one ahead of Namibia who beat Tunisia 34-7 at home in their first game of the competition.

Only Uganda and Senegal have played two games while Namibia, Kenya, Tunisia and Zimbabwe have all played one.

Uganda will miss round three of the Competition and will only return to action for round four, hosting Tunisia on January 15, 2017.