Heathens' Alex Mubiru and others tackle Pirates Timothy Kisiga during their league game at Legends Rugby Club. Pirates won 23-16. Photo by Johnson Were
Hippos 14 Kobs 71
Warriors 7 Mongers 29
Pirates 23 Heathens 16
Impis 6 Rhinos 59
Rams 9 Buffaloes 26
Friday at Legends
Pirates v Rams
Kobs v Warriors, 2.30pm
Rhinos v Mongers, 4.30pm
Heathens v Buffaloes, 4.30pm
Impis v Jinja Hippos, 4.30pm
The Buzz Pirates beat Hima Cement Heathens 23-16 in the Nile Special Premier Rugby League to prove the rugby fraternity that they did not fluke this year’s Uganda Cup victory.
Pirates have now set a record of being the only club to beat Heathens in three consecutive games causing discomfort and more pain on the entire Kyadondo family.
They beat Heathens in the second round of the 2016/2017 rugby League, beat them again in Uganda Cup final 31-20 and on Saturday inflicted more pain on them with 23-16 defeat at Legends Rugby Club.
“We have no magic, but players are just playing for each other,” Coach Bobby Musinguzi stated.
Heathens coach Muhammad Athio attributed the defeat to lack of that aggressiveness from his players.
“I think whereas there might have been other factors, we partly have to blame ourselves because we had chances, but players lack that aggressiveness to punch the opponent harder,” Athio stated.
UPDF officer Lt. Ronald Tumusiime scored a try and Conrad Wanyama added a penalty and conversion to give Pirates a 10 -3 half time lead.
In the second half, Heathens regrouped mounting pressure and managed a try by Faizal Gama, and Allan Otim, but Timothy Kisiga added a try while Wanyama added two penalties and a conversion for Pirates to set a final score 23-16.
In the other games this weekend, Heathens host Toyota Buffaloes at Kyadondo in a game to redeem their image, Rhinos face stubborn Plascon Mongers
In the other games Shell Rimula Rhinos whipped Impis 59-6, Mongers beat Warriors 29-7, Kobs smashed Jinja hippos 71-14 while Toyota Buffaloes defeated Rams 26-9
The League continues this weekend with Heathens hosting Buffaloes at Kyadondo, Kobs face Warriors while Plascon Mongers entertain Rhinos in a mouth-watering clash at Legends rugby club.
In Makerere, Impis hosts Jinja Hippos, but before Saturday, Pirates will host Rams at legends on Friday.