Heathens handed new coach Robert Seguya a perfect welcome on Saturday with a crucial 24-00 Rugby Premiership win over Makerere Impis at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds.

The defending champions brushed off a pre-season loss to Kabras Sugar, requiring four tries and two conversions to thump Impis who neither touched nor kicked through despite the former’s frequent errors in the maul and open play.

Heathens were in control of the match from the start and suprise exclusions from the starting line up, Phillip Wokorach, Asuman Mugerwa and Micheal Wokorach did not deter the side from impressing.

Seguya opted for pre-season sensation Aaron Ofwoirwoth, Eddie Kayima, Alex Mubiru, Romano Ogwal, Evans Kingasia plus Dennis Tialata among others.

Off two unconverted tries in the first half one masterminded by Eddie Kayima, from a maul in Impis’ 22 metres, Impis attempted a comeback through Ssenabulya but fell short with sloppy handling.

Heathens should have been 14-nil up by half time but Aaron failed to drive the ball through the sticks, squandering vital conversion points.

Second half saw Asuman Mugerwa, Micheal and Phillip Wokorach take to the pitch and just after a couple of minutes, Micheal beat three Impis men to touch easily, Phillip converting.

Alex Mubiru extended the scores following the entry of replacement Chris Opa as he crashed over thanks to perfect maul movement . Phillip again took control of the extras.

In the abscence of Henry Nsekuye, Impis’ Stallone Arinaitwe took charge of the kicks for the University side and missed all the three, an undeniable ‘bad day in office’.

In the day’s opener, Warriors failed the Buffaloes test, losing 18-03. The side did not impress as expected as they clearly missed the tactical acumen of former coach Herbert Wafula.

With barely any voice on the touchline, the visitors chased Chariots throughout, Robert Masendi and Puis Ogena ensuring their downfall.

Two missed conersions in the second half could have widened the score-gap but the home side’s flaws kept a decent one.

FACTS

Heathens are still unbeaten in the Premiership against Impis since 2014.

Impis are yet to beat Heathens in the Premiership since promotion from the lower tier.

In their last three Premiership meetings, Buffaloes have now won two in a row, Warriors triumphants in the opener 03-08 last season.

It was Pirates first Premiership win against Rhinos in two years after losing the opener last season, before settling for an 18-18 stalemate.

Rugby Premiership Results Day one

Gulu Elephants 10-50 Kobs
Sadolin Mongers 14-12 Rams
Toyota Buffaloes 18-03 Warriors
Hiima Heathens 24-00 Makerere Impis
Ezze Money Rhinos 13-22 Black Pirates

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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