Heathens in 20-point Super Cup hole
Posted Monday, October 14 2013 at 00:00
Credible competition has been hard to come by locally and beating Nakuru in the return leg is an opportunity for Heathens to stretch their dominance further.
Not often do Ugandan rugby teams win away in Kenya. You have to look at 2006 and earlier this year for joy across the border, earned by the national team in Elgon Cup.
That’s the kind of challenge MTN Heathens were up against when they agreed to play in the inaugural East African Super Cup competition with Kenyan champions Nakuru. Matching Rugby Cranes’ respective 22-20 and 17-16 victories was easier said than done. For 40 minutes, Heathens stood tall, trailing by a 6-3 margin at the break, only to fold to a 23-3 defeat.
There will be time to make up the 20-point periphery when Heathens host the return leg at Kyadondo this Saturday.
Fullback Benon Kiiza’s penalty would be too little to show for their nine-hour road trip.
The bar has definitely been raised for Brian Tabaruka’s side who have won the last five Nile Special Super 8 Rugby Premier League titles.
In addition, stand-in captain Michael Wokorach led them to a first Uganda Cup crown in four years, to which they have since added the national 7s diadem.
Credible competition has been hard to come by locally and beating Nakuru is an opportunity for Heathens to stretch their dominance further. But, the absence of skipper Alex Mubiru, flankers Scot Oluoch and Mathias Ochwo, utility back Brian Kikawa and wing Jonathan Onen due to injuries and work made the task that much harder.
Even with the five playing, Heathens were expected to find it hard to win at a hostile venue. The mini-revenge for Uganda’s Elgon and Africa Cup losses to Kenya this year never came for Tabaruka and company.