Sadolin Mongers coach Robert Powell has argued that Saturday’s Nile Special Uganda Rugby Premiership loss to Toyota Buffaloes did not result from a bizarre performance by his side but rather tactics, that cost them the early first half.
Mongers succumbed to a 17-13 loss at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds and this particular fall marked their first loss since week three of this same season when the outfit lost 14-13 to Ezee Money Rhinos at Legends Rugby Grounds.
Entebbe Based Mongers had gone four matches unbeaten with wins against Pirates, Impis, Warriors and a stalemate against Heathens but their fate away from home continued to unfold as before.
Powell did see more positives in Saturday’s encounter despite the loss as he revealed to Kawowo Sport’s Edgar Kazibwe.
“I don’t think we played badly or in any way lacked commitment, simply we got some of our tactics wrong in the early stanzas, failed to kick our goals and would have had an earlier score in the first half but dropped the ball over the line.”
“We tried to establish dominance with our larger pack early on but were repeatedly knocked back by aggressive Buffaloes defence, Mongers also failed to dominate in the scrum despite having a significant weight advantage.
“But in terms of individual performances Loren Kalule covered a lot of territory and made tackles all afternoon, Adigas put in a sterling 60 minutes and Elijah Segawa again proved that he will soon become a player of renown in the front row. “
The Mongers coach was pleased at Kato Herbert’s return from injury and Adrian Wasswa despite missing a couple of crucial kicks.
Kato Herbert on his return from injury at 12 will have more fruitful days and Adrian Wassawa forgot to bring his kicking boots for the first time this season.
In the coach’s talk with Chairman of the Uganda Rugby Union Andrew Owor after the encounter, Powell says he was buoyed up by the remarks made about his work at Mongers, Owor crediting him with words of encouragement.
Mongers take on Kobs in their next fixture at Legends Rugby Grounds, a battle expected to gather large crowds as Kobs seek revenge for 28-15 loss against the same side in the first round in Entebbe.