Action between Mongers (red) and Heathens (Green shirts) at the House of Pain stadium, Entebbe Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Rugby Premiership:

  • Mongers 15-20 Heathens
[/media-credit] Action between Mongers (red) and Heathens (Green shirts) at the House of Pain stadium, Entebbe Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Reigning national rugby premier champions Heathens worked as a compact unit to register a hard fought 20-15 victory over the Mongers at the House of Pain stadium in Entebbe.

Chris Lubanga starred with two penalties, one try and a successful conversion.

The visitors led through Lubanga’s well taken penalty as early as the 8th minute.

The tormentor added yet another penalty 10 minutes later to establish a 6 point lead.

Lawrence Ssebuliba touched down for the first try on the evening before Lubanga slotted home the resultant conversion to extend the lead 13-0.

Mongers had a timely response through Adrian Wasswa’s lethal left foot 12 minutes from the mandatory half time recess with a penalty well taken.

Half time score read 13-3 in favour of the visitors.

Line out action between Mongers and Heathens at the House of Pain Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

As the second half re-started, the home side fought back but suspect ball handling remained the team’s major undergoing.

Mongers’ Timothy Luyirika combined with Ronald Adigas and Andrew Olweny to break the Heathens wall for a try, well converted by Wasswa as they limited the danger to 10-13.

Against the run of play, Lubanga made a try and conversion to stretch the lead 20 minutes from full time taking the score-line to 20-10.

Mongers pulled off a try in spirit of fighting through Luyika after splendid pass from Olwenyi.

This time Wasswa’s left boot missed the conversion kick from an acute angle on the left side of the dusty and hard lake side playing field.

Heathens fans collected over 400,000/- that was shared amongst the two clubs Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

The home side huffed and puffed inside the final 10 minutes but the Heathens were brilliant in closing down the runs as the final score ended 20-15 much to the joy of the lively chanting visiting crowd.

Elsewhere, Black Pirates made easy work of the Jinja Hippos during a one side sided 102-08 drubbing.

Rams fell 57-07 to Rhinos and the Warriors succumbed 31-17 to Buffaloes.

Earlier on Friday, Kobs humbled Impis 90-00 in a match Justin Kimono who has played 103 matches for Kobs was honoured before the game with a guard of honour from fellow players and handed a plaque from the club official sponsors.

Other Results:

  • Black Pirates 102-08 Jinja Hippos
  • Rams 07-57 Rhinos
  • Mongers 15-20 Heathens
  • Warriors 17-31 Buffaloes
  • Kobs 90-00 Impis

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

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