• Heathens 18-15 Pirates
  • Kobs 78-06 Rams
  • Hippos 35-20 Rhinos
  • Warriors 43-21 Barbarians
  • Buffaloes 29-17 Mongers
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Two second-half penalties by full-back Simon Okwera helped Heathens edge Black Pirates 18-15 in an entertaining game played at Kyandondo on Saturday.

However, it was the Sea Robbers that got on board first through Conrad Wanyama. Timothy Odong danced through Heathens line before he was brought down just after the center line and the hosts were penalized for diving in to the ruck. Wanyama slotted through for a 03-00 lead.

Paul Masendi benefited from Pirates sloppy passing with an intercept and sprinted all alone for Heathens first try at the corner. Robert Masendi’s conversion was short.

Pirates responded almost immediately with Muhammad Haruna sidesteping before finding his skipper Ivan Magomu who took a few strides before offloading to Wanyama for the try between the posts. Magomu converted for 10-05 lead.

Robert Masendi had the opportunity to cut the deficit but his penalty kick went wide.

However, Pirates were still in a giving mood and it was Paul Masendi the beneficiary of another unforced error from the visitors. Just like his first try, Masendi picked a lose ball, and with Pirates open at the back, not even his slow pace could stop him from crossing the white chalk at the stroke of halftime. Paul Masendi added the twos for a 12-10 lead heading into the break.

After recess, Pirates returned chasing the game putting together a few unsuccessful moves before Paul Epilo got the opportunity to extend Heathens lead only to miss a penalty from a not so difficult angle.

Pirates pressure finally paid off with a smart move in which Magomu kicks through Haruna and the fullback touched down at the corner to put Pirates ahead 15-12 as Magomu’s kick for the extras did not find the target.

It was Heathens turn to chase the game and after another missed penalty for Masendi, the hosts went for experience introducing Chris Lubanga and Faisal Gama.

The move paid off as Okwera who took over the kicking duties slotted through to tie the game before scoring the game-winner after a high tackle that saw Haruna sent to the sin bin.

Pirates unusually got two yellow cards with Isaac Rujumba the recipient of the other in the first half.

The defending champions’ biggest undoing against the two big sides in the league once again showed as they struggled in the lineouts, with Charles Uhuru winning a bunch of them.

The defeat dented Pirates title ambitions and one would not be wrong to say the fight is now between Heathens, who slipped to second place despite the win, and Kobs who whipped Rams to ascend to the top.

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