Kampala. Center Isaac Massa scored five tries to help Stanbic Pirates to a 61-0 thrashing of Rimula Rhinos in the Nile Special Premiership, at Kings Park, Byeyogerere on Saturday.
Baron Kasozi got in on the act with a hattrick while Timothy Odongo, James Mugisha and Conrad Wanyama all added a try apiece to make it 11 tries for the Sea Robbers.
The win does not take them a notch higher in the standings as both Hima Heathens and Betway Kobs picked maximum points, but it’s the kind of result they needed with leaders Hima Heathens up next at Kyadondo on Saturday.
“It’s a big morale boaster as we prepare for Heathens which is a big tie. We targeted going into the Heathens game with a good run and result, It gives the boys confidence,” Pirates coach Bobby Musinguzi told Daily Monitor.
Musinguzi also attributes the Rhinos` bashing to his side`s desire to defend their league title. After a slow start, Pirates decided to come all out in the second round by leaving no room for error.
“We have already lost two games yet we want to retain our trophy. We now want to score as much as we can and collect as many points as we can so that we put ourselves in a good position to fight for our title,” he added.
At Legends, Dusupay Warriors suffered a setback as they threw away a 10 point lead against Plascon Mongers. A Nelson Mandela penalty and a Daniel Bule converted try gave the hosts a 10 lead but the visitors fought back with two tries and two Adrian Wasswa penalties.
“ We knew they are good side that can finish your off early on if you lose concentration , all we had to do is keep in the game and pounce later on. The game plan worked well for us and of course fortune was on our side too as they missed a last minute penalty that could have won them the game,” Mongers` hooker Joseph Tamale told this paper.
Rams lost 20-24 to Buffaloes in Makerere but got a losing bonus point to take them to six points, leaving Walukuba at the bottom with five. Heathens still lead with 51 points with Kobs in second on 50.
There has been a change in fortunes for the once small rugby club , Pirates, that shared their home ground for more than half of their existence.
After moving to their King’s Park Stadium in Kakajjo Bweyogerere, they want to strengthen their status as top challengers.
Creating a fear factor is one trait of championship teams and the champions know they need to be ruthless against weaker opposition.
Warriors 15-16 Mongers
Pirates 61-0 Rhinos
Hippos 7–28 Heathens
Buffaloes 24-20 Rams
Walukuba 0-61 Kobs