Rugby: Pirates inches away from first ever national league title

Monday March 12 2018

Change of guard: Pirates’ Musa Muwonge (left)

Change of guard: Pirates’ Musa Muwonge (left) tracking Heathens’ Micheal Wokorach. Pirates are destined to dethrone Heathens as league champions. PHOTO BY Eddie Chicco 

By Deus Bugembe


Buzz Pirates found no difficulty as they condemned Warriors 50-6 in the Nile Special Premiership on Saturday at Legends, imposing their intent of lifting a first league title.
Pirates lock Joel Anguyo, who has been one of their star performers of the campaign, urged his teammates not to switch off however much the pendulum looks like its swinging their way.
“We have to ignore other results and the table standings but play to the last game. Its not yet done,” he warned.
William Mucunguzi and Timothy Odongo were the star performers as the Sea Robbers made the title race a sole one. They can be forgiven for referring to themselves as champions-elect. Their six point advantage grew to nine after Rhinos leapfrogged Kobs into second.
Kobs were once again below average and a determined Plascon Mongers side took advantage. Mongers’ captain Elijah Segawa and company led 14-3 at the break. James Ijongat and Adrian Kasito’s introduction gave Kobs a lifeline but Mongers were not about to throw away their lead, holding on for a 22-24 win.
At Kyadondo, a young Hima Heathens side with the help a Cox Muhigwa brace and a try from ever improving fullback Joseph Oyet brought down Impis who had gone ahead 5-0 early on.
In Makerere , Rams avenged their 23-17 first round loss to Jinja Hippos by returning the favour with a 20-10 win at the Graveyard.
Pirates now on 65 points could clinch the title next week with a win Rhinos who sit second on 56 points. Kobs can now count themselves out of the race as they prepare to host Heathens on the next match day with pride to play for.

Day two

Pirates 50-6 Warriors
Heathens 25-10 Impis
Kobs 22 -24 Mongers
Rams 20-10 Hippos