Credit: John Batanudde

On Thursday, Heathens Rugby Club unveiled their new jersey inspired by their colourful history. Yesterday evening, against title challengers Stanbic Black Pirates, the now officially #YellowMachine played like they were back to the good old days of untouchable dominance.

Pirates attempted to strike early like they usually do but Heathens were aware of this threat and held their lines strongly. Then the latter gave the former a taste of their own medicine.

Lawrence Ssebuliba opened the scoring with a brilliant solo effort in the ninth minute off a box kick that went straight into his hands.

Pirates responded a quarter of an hour later when Humphrey Tashobya collected a loose ball from five metres away to touch down under the uprights.

This was the only try the Sea Robbers managed to score, and the only time they led in the match as Heathens dispatched them comfortably.

The first half was closed by an Innocent Gwokto try in the 35th minute to make it 10-07 as Heathens made maximum utilisation of their man-advantage courtesy of a yellow card shown to Ivan Kabagambe.

Gwokto, who scored the only try in the win against Kobs, got his brace two minutes into the second half for Heathens to lead 17-07 after Chris ‘Opa’ Lubanga’s conversion.

Lubanga’s two penalties moments later would deny Black Pirates the losing bonus point for consolation as the match ended 23-10 at Kyadondo.

Syrus Wathum Credit: John Batanudde

Heathens thus stay undefeated and atop the Nile Special Rugby Premier League table with 38 points out of a possible 40. Black Pirates remain second but are now closer to Kobs in third place.

By the look of things and the run of fixtures in the second round, Heathens will not come close to losing this season until they face Black Pirates again in April.

Ernest Akorebirungi is an amateur rugby player and a keen follower of local Ugandan rugby.

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