2022 Nile Special Rugby Premiership: Match day 2 Results:
- Plascon Mongers 11-10 Rhinos
- Heathens 07-06 Kobs
- Buffaloes 14-14 Impis
- Pirates 64-03 Rams
- Jinja Hippos 44-05 Warriors
Plascon Mongers secured their second triumph of the 2022 Nile Special Rugby Premiership in a 11-10 victory over visiting Rhinos at the lake side House of Pain playground in Katabi Busambaga.
Veteran Simon Wakabi scored a try with a hat-trick of penalties from William Mark Lukwago sealing the sweet victory for the fishermen before an enthusiastic small crowd.
An early penalty from Owen Kinyera, a late try from Billy Ocen converted by Ivan Kirabo gave the game a worthy tense climax.
The visitors got a brilliant bright start with a penalty scored as early as the third minute by Kinyera for the lead.
Wakabi, a former Kobs player broke through in the 20th minute for the hosts’ try with Lukwago missing the resultant conversion as Plascon Mongers led 5-3.
With 10 minutes to the mandatory half time break, the hosts suffered a set-back when prop Elijah Segawa suffered a blood bin following an early head tackle in the limbering session that left the big man with a deep cut above the right eye.
Bobby Bibangamba took over his place temporarily before medics dressed up the wound to ensure Segawa’s return moments before half-time.
Upon restart of the second half, Lukwago struck from distance with a successful penalty in the 47th minute to extend Plascon Mongers’ lead to 8-3.
On the hour mark, it was Lukwago’s accurate right boot through the posts to establish an 8 point’s difference heading to the final 20 minutes.
Rhinos remained on a mission possible to break down the resilient Plascon Mongers’ mean defence.
It was successful when Ocen touched down the try line through a forest of bodies in the 68th minute with Kirabo converting from an acute angle to narrow down 11-10 heading to the last 10 minutes.
Rhinos were rewarded a penalty 35 yards away that Kirabo shot wide much to the sigh of the home fans.
Plascon Mongers got their penalty and the opportunity to extend the lead but Lukwago was way off target this time round.
The final moment for the visitors to salvage the game came within the final 2 minutes; again with a penalty but Kirabo narrowly missed target from 40 yards.
Upon restart, Wakabi blasted the ball out for full time for the victory well celebrated.
Rhinos’ Paul Kalungi was named the man of the match.
This was Plascon Mongers’ second victory of the 2022 season coming after their 15-11 win on the road against Rams on match day one.
Plascon Mongers will face Warriors in the next home engagement at home on Saturday, 22nd January 2022.
Warriors suffered a humiliating 44-03 loss on the road away to Jinja Hippos during match day two having also lost 18-10 to Rhinos on the opening round.
Meanwhile; Heathens recorded a narrow 7-6 win over Kobs in Kampala.
Buffaloes and Impis shared the spoils 14-apiece as Pirates walloped Rams 64-03 Rams.
We had a strategy that we followed to the dot. There were some mistakes done but it is humbling to win for the second consecutive time this season. We shall build on this performance and win going forward ahead of the next game at home against Warriors next weekend.Fabian Tonda, Plascon Mongers’ head coach
Team Line Ups:
Plascon Mongers: Andrew Olweny, Jerome Buyonga, Elijah Kitooke, Josephat Mugisha, Remmy Omar, Andrew Serumaga, Cheche Morgan, Andrew Kene, Mark Wiliiam Lukwago, Gift Oketa, Simon Onyango, Trevor Tusiime, Moses Laboke, Simon Wakabi, Adnan Kiiza, Isaac Katono, Lauren Kalule, Benue Twijukye, Robin Odrua, Isaac Ankunda, Hannington Mukalazi, Bobby Bibangambe
Head coach: Fabian Tonda
Team manager: Grace Kintu
Rhinos: Martin Arembe, Derrick Sebidandi, Stephen Kinyera, Bol Zechariah, Joshua Obol, Karim Ampaire, Jimmy Wagabaza, Jeremy Thembo, Paul Kalungi, Ivan Kirabo, Alvin Lutwama, Cyprian Buyanga, Denis Shimwa, Arnold Kalungi, Owen Kinyera, Mahad Kasumba, Jerome Twibamwe, Anabe Fubribo, Baya Odong, Kenneth Kamukama, Joshua Musasizi, Ronald Atuhaire, Billy Ocen
Head coach: Martial T.
Team manager: Reuben Byoonniwe