Makerere University outfit Impis Rugby registered their first win of this season’s league during match-day five over the weekend. Legends side Warriors was the unfortunate side to be on the wrong-end of ARROGANCE Boys this time round.
After playing three consecutive away games, the green team was in familiar territory as the Grave Yard hosted a blockbuster of a rugby game. With all odds stacked against them, the unwavering support of the GraveYard faithful propelled them to a strong start with scrum-half Ssentogo Robert slotting in a spot-kick to punish Warriors for an infringement in their 22.
The next few minutes were a big test on coach Emmanuel Katuntu’s defense strategy as Warriors relentless attack yielded nothing till Ruben Kihumuro slotted in a brilliant drop goal to tie the match. Last season’s best kicker, Richard Kinyai was next on the score sheet as he went for polls to put the Legends side ahead for the first time.
Ssentogo fluffed an attempt on a penalty giving Warriors breathing space that didn’t last long as Muhumuza Kennedy dotted down after a brilliant Impis scrum launched a successful maul. The industrious Mpoza Pius sold a few dummies before setting up speedster Aaron Atooke who touched down but the pass was adjudged a forward one. The kicking responsibilities were given to Stallone Arinaitwe and boy, he did not disappoint as he got the extras to take Impis into the break with a 4-point cushion.
After the interval, Impis was a different side from the usual putting in a strong defense coupled with eye-pleasing glimpses of the action. Captain Spencer Muhiire scored a try for commercials as he chipped the ball over the Warriors backline to set himself up for the game’s second try. Stallone had no problems with the extras. Kihumuro crashed over the white chalk to cut the deficit by 9. The extras were missed by Kinyai who had earlier fluffed a penalty. Stallone put the game beyond reach with an aesthetic penalty in a position he had no authority to attempt.
The win pushed Impis into eighth position whereas Warriors worries intensified as they stayed in the bottom position.
Elsewhere, Pirates scored 10 unanswered tries in a 61:06 humbling of Rhinos to move within three points of log leaders, Kobs. In Entebbe, Plascon Mongers beat Buffaloes 26:14 whereas at the source of the Nile in Jinja, coach Robert Sseguya’s Hippos were so good for Mulago Rams. 30:00 it ended.
At Legends, James Ijongant kicked in 14 points for the Blue Army scoring three penalties, a drop goal, and converting Karim Arinaitwe’s second-half try to inspire Kobs to a 19:11 win against rivals Heathens. Joseph Oyet’s boot got the Kyadondo outfit two penaltied with Gerald Sewankambo touching down.