The battle for the ball between Plascon Mongers and Rhinos at the House of Pain in Katabi - Busambaga, Entebbe (Credit: Aminah Babirye)

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.

Plascon Mongers and Rhinos in a line out moment at the House of Pain (Credit: David Isabirye)

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.

The fearless Simon Wakabi (right) staged a star performance for Plascon Mongers in their slim win over Rhinos (Credit: David Isabirye)

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.

Action between Rhinos and Plascon Mongers at the House of Pain (Credit: David Isabirye)

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.

Plascon Mongers and Rhinos physical contest at the House of Pain (Credit: David Isabirye)
Plascon Mongers against Rhinos at the House of Pain Stadium (Credit: David Isabirye)

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.

Excited Plascon Mongers players happily show off the Nile Special beers after the game (Credit: David Isabirye)

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.

Plascon Mongers applaud their fans after the win over Rhinos in Entebbe (Credit: David Isabirye)

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.

Plascon Mongers players in a talk session before the game kicked off in Entebbe (Credit: David Isabirye)
Plascon Mongers’ head coach Fabian Tonda on the touchline during the game (Credit: David Isabirye)

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

Rhino players pray before the game started (Credit: David Isabirye)

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

Rhinos head coach Martial Tchumkam delivers the half time talk to the players (Credit: David Isabirye)
Some of the fans watching Plascon Mongers against Rhinos in Entebbe (Credit: David Isabirye)

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

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