Yesterday, rugby fans were treated to yet another blockbuster of action justifying the phrase Saturday is a rugby day. All the way from the House of Pain in Entebbe, to Dam Waters in Jinja, the players put in a great shift on pitch.
For those that missed out, fear not this article will give you a summary of all the action from Kampala to Jinja.
Jinja Hippos 24:03 Rhinos
Business was as usual in at Dam Waters as Hippos scored four unanswered tries with Rhinos on the receiving end yet again. Captain Maxwell Ebonga responded to Rhinos’ successful penalty with a try after 28 minutes. New signing Eliphaz Emong made sure Jacob Ochen’s dazzling run wasn’t wasted as he scored his second of the season a few minutes later.
After missing two conversions, Ebonga got the extras for Denis Etau’s effort after the winger chased his own kick and ground for five. Ebonga completed his brace in the second half as coach Sseguya’s side unveiled their new jersey with a win.
Pirates 44:03 Impis
Stanbic Pirates ran riot in Bweyogerere as Impis failed to answer any of their eight tries. The sea robbers drew first blood with Joshua Engwau easily touching down fullback Timothy Kisiga’s pass at the wing. Pirates overpowered an Impis scrum in Green territory as Ivan Magomu set Michael Amolo for their second.
Moments later, Magomu went for glory himself as he touched down after another scrum before Engwau completed his brace. Isaac Rujumba and Conrad Wanyama had enough time to get on the score sheet after the interval.
Amolo, completed his brace as Robert Ssentongo’s boot got Impis 3 points with Bobby Musinguzi’s men registering a well deserved win.
Rams 03:41 Heathens
At the Makerere Graveyard, it was a routine win for Heathens as they humbled the ground’s tenants. Paul Epilo opened the gates for the the Kyadondo side with try. Jordan Bongomin and Santos Ssenteza each managed to ground the ball twice for coach Athiyu Muhammad’s side.
Prop Author Mukama and the legendary Scot Olouch also crossed the white chalk. Daniel Kateregga slotted in a penalty for the Mulago side.
Kobs 64: 06 Buffaloes.
Kyadondo based side Buffaloes made a short forgettable trip to Legends for a date with log leaders Kobs. The blue side started off from where they stopped last weekend with a penalty try before seasoned campaigner Justin Kimono crossed the white chalk.
Kimono got his second of the evening moments before Alhaji Manano got their forth. Josiah Ssempeke, who converted the previous tries stepped aside for Raymond Mukwaya but the the day’s fullback fluffed his effort to convert Manano’s try.
Brian Oketayot managed a brace as Mukwala, Jude Okello and Michael Otto scored one each.
Kimono squeezed in a hat trick in a one way game of rugby. Ssempeke was successful with the extras six times as Buffaloes have Donald Oketayot’s boot to thank for two penalties.
Mongers 28: 14 Warriors.
The house of pain hosted its first match of the season with Mongers getting the better of Warriors. Paul Angana set the ball rolling Tonda Fabian’s side with a hat trick of penalties in the first half. Simon Wakabi and Edgar Kairu dotted down once each as the Entebbe side scored three tries after the interval.
Sean Baseka scored the other try leaving star man Angan with two conversions. Three first-half penalties and a try in second kept the score respectable for the Legend’s club.
Kobs, Heathens and Pirates stay in the top three as Rhinos, Impis, Rams Warriors trail.