Jinja Police Teargas Rangers announced their arrival on the big stage with a resounding 12-0 away victory over Kyadondo Eagles at Kyadondo RFC on Saturday.
For a team making its debut in the National U-19 Women 15s league, the win meant everything.
True, they were nervous at times when pressed by their more experienced opponents but the Jinja girls put their bodies on the line for their first ever victory.
The first half ended 12-0 with tries from Rachael Mufuwa and Emily Lekuru. The former added a conversion to seal the famous triumph.
The second half was a seesaw affair with each team pressing hard but failing to break the camel’s back.
The Eagles could have turned the game around in second half but they lost steam and on a number of occasions looked as if they had ‘scented real tear gas’.
“We caught them off-guard in the first half and by the time they tried to resurrect, we were in the lead. Then we worked on our defence to deny them a comeback,” said a smiling Lekuru.To Helen Koyokoyo Buteme, the Teargas coach, nothing beats a good start.
“It’s a win in the bag and that’s what matters,” she said. “At times, we looked disjointed but that was always going to happen because most of my girls were playing their first ever competitive game. Some had never held a rugby ball until November 2015. So, this victory give us more confidence going forward.” They next travel to the “House of Pain” to face the Entebbe Sharks on March 19.