Walukuba Barbarians played with a man advantage for the last ten minutes of each half after Impis' players were sent to the bin. But they did not make it count.

Impis Rugby Club completed an unlikely first-round double over the Jinja teams. A slim 18-11 win at home against Walukuba Barbarians on Saturday followed a shock 25-22 win away at Hippos on the opening weekend.

In both matches, the Makerere Boys walked away victorious despite being on the back foot for extended durations of play. Their Jinja-based opponents had to settle for the losing bonus point but were left beating themselves for chances not taken.

Against Walukuba, Impis scored two tries in the first half by forwards Pius Mpoza and Godfrey Ayebare to lead by 12-03 at the break.

Impis yet again relied on Henry Nsekuye’s reliable kicking abilities to not only keep the scoreboard ticking but also to control where the action was played.

In the second half, Nsekuye struck two penalties as Walukuba outscored them by 08-06. Walukuba’s lone try was scored by captain Ivan Bulima just after the hour mark.

Perhaps Bulima and his fellow new kids on the block will be disappointed in themselves for not winning the match that was theirs for the taking.

For about eighteen minutes in the match, Walukuba played with a man advantage after Impis’ Spencer Muhiire and Gabriel Mugabi in the first half, and Emmanuel Omona in the second were sent to the bin by referee James Byaruhanga at the tail ends of both halves respectively.

The losing bonus point from Makerere lifts Walukuba off the bottom of the table into ninth place while Impis continue an inspiring run of form in third.

Full Matchday Two Results

  • Rams 06-56 Kobs
  • Mongers 19-28 Jinja Hippos
  • Impis 18-11 Walukuba Barbarians
  • Buffaloes 09-50 Heathens
  • Rhinos 12-27 Pirates

Ernest Akorebirungi is Uganda's top rugby writer and commentator with experience in local tournaments like the national XVs competitions and sevens series. He has also reported at international tournaments...

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