Namilyango College wins a line out against Makerere College in the semi-final clash at Mbale Rugby Grounds (Photo: David Isabirye)
Namilyango College wins a line out against Makerere College in the semi-final clash at Mbale Rugby Grounds (Photo: David Isabirye)

Fresh Dairy Secondary Schools Rugby Final (2019):

Friday, May 10, 2019: Namilyango Vs St Mary’s College, Kisubi

Third place: Makerere College Vs Ntare School

Semi-final results:

  • St Mary’s College, Kisubi 27-14 Ntare School
  • Namilyango College 20-03 Makerere College

Traditional rugby schools giants Namilyango and St Mary’s College, Kisubi will renew their rivalry as they take upon each other in the anticipated epic clash at the Mbale Rugby grounds on Friday.

SMACK and Ntare School during a scrum down for the ball in Mbale (Photo: David Isabirye)

These two schools will lock horns in the finals of the 2019 Fresh Dairy Secondary School games.

This followed the successful completion of the semi-final stage on Thursday.

St Mary’s College Kisubi (SMACK) won their semi-final clash 27-14 over Mbarara based Ntare school.

SMACK scored four tries, two conversions and one penalty try to win the contest.

Ntare staged a brave fight, finding two tries and conversions apiece.

 Ronald Opio touched down at the white chalk as early as the 6th minute to take the lead.

Team Namilyango (Photo: David Isabirye)
Team Makerere College (Photo: David Isabirye)

Checkie Ahumuza stretched the lead with another try on the half hour mark, well converted by Calvin Musoke as SMACK led 12-0 by the half way mark.

Four minutes into the second half, Ronald Ngamirano recorded SMACK’s third try, not converted taking the score to 19-0.

There was a ray of hope for Ntare School who found their first try through Emmanuel Bright in the 50th minute, converted by Grace AngirireMbabazi.

SMACK further stretched the lead to 20-7 with Musoke’s penalty try.

Davis Karuhanga scored Ntare’s second try, well converted by AngirireMbabazi to narrow the margin 20-14 coming to the final 20 minutes.

It was SMACK with the final laugh when Stephen Muyinza touched down with Musoke converting for the 27-14 full time score-line.

SMACK against Ntare in the first semi-final at Mbale Rugby grounds (Photo: David Isabirye)

In the second semi-final, Namilyango led the half time over Makerere College 15-0, thanks to well worked out tries by Ezikel Opio, Gavin Mutara and Gari Kyalingoza.

MACOS staged a brave fight in the closing stanza of the game but could not break even the solid defence line of the NGO team.

Namilyango_MACO scrum down (Photo: David Isabirye)

Allan Ddamulira successful struck MACO’s only penalty before Nabil Jiwani scored the fourth try for a dominant Namilyango to book the final berth.

The rugby final between Namilyango and SMACK will therefore be one of the most eagerly awaited clashes as the 2019 games in Mbale that also include Hockey, Basketball, women football, Lawn Tennis and Table Tennis climax.

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

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