Haruna Muhamnad scored the opening try for Pirates Credit: Kratos Sports
  • Pirates 61-06 Rhinos

Black Pirates moved to second place in the Nile Special Stout Rugby Premier League table after easing past Rhinos at Kings Park on Saturday.

The Sea Robbers went into the tie seeking a bonus point to go second and it was secured just before the first water break of the opening half.

While Pirates were scintillating, Rhinos were pedestrian to say the least. The first try of the game summed up what the afternoon would be like.

Rhinos failed to collect the first kick of the game, knocking-on and from the resultant scrum, eighth man Alex Aturinda picked up the ball and carried a few meters before passing to Muhammad Haruna who sold a dummy and ran through for the opener.

Given Pirates discipline, it was obvious Rhinos scoring opportunities would come off penalties. Little surprise that Ivan Kirabo pointed to the posts even at difficult angles and distances. While he missed the first that was given for illegal joining of the ruck, he was flawless with the second that was in front of the posts after Sea Robbers were penalized for offside.

Pirates quickly responded right after restart with Aturinda carrying again before offloading to James Mugisha to ground. Stephen Alul added extras for a 12-03 lead in under ten minutes.

Rhinos were pressed up in their territory after restart and they kicked right into Raymond Emanzi’s hands on the blindside. With a clear and straight path infront of him, the winger made no mistake. Alul converted for 19-03 lead.

Rhinos butter hands led to Pirates fourth try as Isaac Rujumba carried from a scrum before passing to Timothy Kisiga to score the try that Alul failed to convert.

It was all one-way traffic with Humphrey Tashobya, Ivan Kabagambe, Michael Amolo, Benson Ngono, and Timothy Odongo all joining the try party.

The win lifted Pirates to second place with 21 points, three short of leaders Kobs who they face on the final day of the season in what could be the title decider.

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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