Timothy Kisiga

Dissecting the 2017 National Rugby Premiership without mention of the name Timothy Kisiga would render the diagnosis incomplete.

The full back left his mark with scintillating displays throughout the season as Pirates finished second behind champions Heathens.

Having played only four games in the 2016 season, Kisiga had to work hard to forge his way into the team, and it was never going to be easy.

However, with first choice fullback Harunah Mohammed having to juggle exams and rugby, Kisiga used the opportunity to leapfrog him in the pecking order.

“I had to work hard to be able to get into the team,” the 20 year old told Kawowo Sports in an interview.

Veteran winger Denis Etuket, who happens to be Kisiga’s role model in the game, also revealed that it wasn’t an obvious case for the back to break into the team.

“He had to work hard,” Etuket told this website. Steady growth Like most rugby players, Kisiga first touched the oval-shaped ball in his senior one.

From the first day he stepped foot through the gate of St. Mary’s College Kisubi, Kisiga knew what sport he wanted to do and how far he wanted to go.

He learnt the game the right way under Ronald Mutebi, SMACK coach at the time, as he went through the ranks and featuring for the school team in the Schools Rugby League.

In 2016, Kisiga was on the U-19 team that failed to earn promotion to Africa’s top tier after a lethargic display in Antananarivo, Madagascar. He then played only four games for Pirates in his first appearance in the league.

“We didn’t want to rush him and we knew his time would come,” Etuket said.

Right direction

With his top form in the league, Kisiga has already started showing signs of a young man headed in the right direction.

National sevens team coach Tolbert Onyango named Kisiga among the 12 players who took part in the Hong Kong Sevens in April.

Kisiga’s captain Marvin Odong believes the sevens team call up was a good manifestation of the hard work the young man has been throwing in.

“He is a brilliant player and has been putting in the hard work,” Odong, who was also part of the team to Hong Kong, revealed.

Born to Mr. Peter Ganafa and Ms. Loi Nassuna in 1997, Kisiga has his eye on making the Rugby Cranes’ number 15 his own in the near future.

Hard work pays

According to Etuket, hard work will always be rewarded and Kisiga is enjoying the dividends of that.

“It is in the national sevens and the Uganda cup that he showed what he can do,” Etuket told this website.

Kisiga, a first year student of Software Engineering at Makerere University, has supplemented his pace and game reading ability with hard work at practice.

His composure saw him shine in the big games of the season, scoring 8 tries in the process.

“Whatever I did last season I had done before,” Kisiga, full of confidence, said of his first significant league season.

He only missed two games in the previous season because of his engagement with the national sevens team.

With himself and the other young players at the club, Kisiga believes Pirates can ably challenge for the title next season.

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