Entebbe Mongers 20-20 Rhinos

A spirited performance by the Entebbe Mongers witnessed the home side draw level at 20 in the closing moments of the game with  Rhinos at the dry patched “House of Pain” in Manyago – Entebbe before a passionate crowd on Saturday evening.

The home team drew first blood through prodigal son Adrian Wasswa’s penalty to take a 3-0 lead eight minutes of the game.

Wasswa’s clinical left foot with yet another well curled kick made it 6-0 on 12 minutes.

The visitors quickly came back into the game with a try from Stallone Arinatiwe and a conversion from Kevin Makmot in the 18th minute.

Abel Ssozi touched down as the half time score read 12-6 in favour of Brian Makalama’s coached side.

Mongers’ veteran player Simon Wakabi had a field day at office with great kicking

13 minutes into the second stanza of the game, Makmot’s penalty further stretched the lead in  Rhinos’ favour before Scot Oluoch’s 58th minute try that was followed by a successful Makot conversion to see the visitors open up a 14 point lead 20-6.

Rhinos granted the Mongers a slight numerical advantage on the hour mark when Tadeus Kasirisimbi was sent to the sin bin for a neck tackle to Hannington Mukalazi.

Bow legged Joseph Tamale had a rare try in the 67th minute well converted by the on-colour Wasswa to make it 13-20 as the home side played catch up.

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John William Wandicho had a hard run and overhead chip that witnessed an awkward  ball bounce only to land in Wasswa’ path for the easiest of tries on the day.

The kicker succeeded with extras to bring the score to 20-20 with less than three minutes left on the clock.

Referee Charles Mungoma called for full time that left both tacticians, Ben Kigongo Ssebalamu (Mongers) and Makalama decrying his level of service on the day.

Ssebalamu castigated the officials’ suspect calls but quickly switched focus towards planning for the next game at hand – against Pirates in the coming weekend.

“The referee made suspect calls in the game including denying us two clear tries but that is the game. Anyway, we have to quickly switch focus to our next game against Pirates at Legends,” Ssebalamu noted.

Makalama attributed the draw to a couple of unforced errors in the duration of the game.

“I will not comment about the referee because he was not the best on the day. Come to the game proper, we had many unforced errors that cost us”

In the other results, the Mutoni Warriors were humiliated 48-9 by the Heathens, Gulu Elephants fell at home 17-7 to visiting Makerere Impis.

Elsewhere, Kobs defeated Rams 35-3 and the Black Pirates were 23-0 winners against Buffaloes.

The Rugby Premiership will return next weekend.

Entebbe Mongers will play Pirates this Saturday at Legends in the early fixture (2 p.m) as Kobs entertain Rhinos at the same venue in the latter match.

David Isabirye

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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