Monday March 24 2014

Protector Super Series live up to the hype

Protectors (in red) facing off with Magicians

Protectors (in red) facing off with Magicians during the Super Series opening round on Saturday. PHOTO BY EDDIE CHICCO  

By Deus Bugembe


It was an exciting first day at the Protector Super Series Rugby event with some resilient play, impressive scores and catchy entertainment from the cheerleaders at Kyadondo.

Crocs showed early intent of winning the maiden edition of the Uganda Health Marketing Group (UHMG)-sponsored event with a 34-28 triumph against Fimbo whereas Protectors outclassed Magicians 22-9 in another thrilling contest. There wasn’t much to separate both sides when Crocs met Fimbo in the opener but the former pulled away in the second eventually winning with a six-point margin thanks to a late Ebber Aturinde try.

“We were quick off the blocks,” said Crocs captain Simon Wakabi. “But we let them back into the game by conceding silly tries. We should let that happen.”

In the battle of Kyadondo-based sides, Protectors were too good for the Magicians with man-of-the match Solomon Okia lighting up the game with a 70-meter dash for the dust. “We had a fair game considering the fact that these are players who are not used to playing together” said Protectors’ coach Robert Seguya.

The day was full of surprises as veterans Brian Tabaruka (Magicians), Vincent Otim (Crocs) and Tonny Luggya (Protectors) came out of min-retirement to be part of the action.
Legendary Rugby Cranes and former Kobs wing Allan Musoke also made his coaching debut as Crocs coach.