8 February 2010

Uganda: Big Four on Course as Tough Weekend Looms

Kampala — Champions MTN Heathens, G4S Pirates, utl Kobs and Entebbe Mongers all maintained their winning starts to the Nile Special Premier Rugby League with comprehensive victories on Saturday.

The top four teams have now collected bonus points in all their outings but are certain to drop some this weekend as Pirates host Kobs at Kampala while Mongers will be Heathens' visitors at Kyadondo RFC.

Andrew Olweny was the star performer scoring four of Mongers' eight tries to rout visiting Toyota Buffaloes 51-3. Ronald Adigasi, Martin Emojong, Ambrose Kakuru and Herbert Kato got the others much to the satisfaction of coach/player Kigongo Ssebalamu. "Olweny is getting stronger and if you go by form, we are the best team in the division," a pleased Ssebalamu said.

At Kampala, Pirates took advantage of Makerere University Hima Impis' rustiness to score six tries for an empathic 36-0 result. Anthony Kimuli, Moses Soita, on-form Denis Etuket, Oscar Opio, Dan Canowira and Solomon Mawanda crossed the line for Pirates.

"It was our first game and people shouldn't read too much into it. We committed a cardinal sin by allowing Pirates play their preferred forwards' game," Impis' South African coach Brian Power, formerly with Heathens, told Daily Monitor.

In Jinja, flanker Steven Ogwete scored his first try of the season after a one-year ban while Roger Rukundo, Allan Musoke and Oscar Kalyango added the others in a 33-7 win for visiting Kobs over Nile.

Despite an average showing, Jude Keremundo (2), Robert Seguya, Ronnie Musoke, Scot Oluoch and Michael Wokorach scored tries in Heathens' 33-5 victory over Rhino.

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