By Johnson Were
Nile Special Uganda Cup
Kobs 27 Buffaloes 19
Heathens 28 G4S Pirates 10
HEATHENS scrum half Raymond Ssembajwe put in a man-of-the-match performance in the Nile Special Uganda Cup semi-final as they beat G4S Pirates 28-10 to set up a mouth-watering against D’Mark Kobs.
Ssembajwe executed his ball distribution perfectly and also broke Pirates’ defence line coupled with hard tackles as he took on the opponents almost single-handedly.
“This is great for me and it has encouraged me go back and work hard so that we win the final. It is a surprise because I didn’t think I could contribute that much given the number of good players we have but am excited and I thank God for it”, an overwhelmed Ssembajwe added.
Full back Benon Kiiza gave the hosts a 5-0 lead through a try and later a conversion by fly half Chris Lubanga stretched it to 7-0 before Michael Wokorach added another try.
Scoreboard doesnt lie: The game finished 28-10 in favour of the Heathens. Photo by Johnson Were
Pirates replied with a drop goal courtesy of Edmond Tumusime, to take it 12-3 but Lubanga added a try to make it 17-3 but Pirates fought back with a try and conversion to go into the half time break with the scores at 17-10.
In the second half, a dominant Heathens through Paul Sserunjogi, Benon Kiiza and Jasper Ochen added a try, drop goal and conversion respectively to seal a 28-10 win.
“We relaxed and gave them opportunity to score early pointsand that is all that led us to defeat,” Pirates team captain Davis Kiwalabye stated.
At Legends Kampala Rugby Club, D’Mark Kobs were 27-19 winners over Buffaloes.
The semi-final games launched the partnership between Uganda Rugby Union and the Kick Malaria out of Uganda Campaign.