Despite the wet surface after a late afternoon drizzle, Hima Cement Heathens edged fellow Kyadondo team Toyota Buffaloes 36-08 at Legends Rugby Grounds to claim to third place in the 2018 edition of the Uganda Cup.
Heathens started off with more intent than their opponents and not before long, they were through with a try of the maul. Kevin Kermundu converted to give Heathens a maximum points start. Seven minutes later, Heathens were back prying and they scored through veteran hooker Alex Mubiru. Kermundu again made sure Heathens were perfect and further away from Buffaloes. Aziz Karim stung in a penalty to put the Buffaloes on the board but Heathens were back with a try through former Buffalo, Charles Uhuru and ended the half in a commanding 19-03 lead.
The second half was intense, and once again the 216 Champions, Hima Cement Heathens struck with a try through skipper Michael Wokorach. Kevin Kermundu missed the kick but the Heathens had a majestic 24-03 lead. The Buffaloes turned on the pressure on the gas and scrum half Wasswa Jeremiah took advantage of sloppy defending at a maul to slide through for the Buffaloes first try. Aziz missed the conversion leaving the score at 24-08. Cox Muhigwa got the game’s last two tries and Uhuru Charles made the last kick of the game, converting Cox Muhigwa’s second try to win the game 36-08 for Heathens.
For the first time in about a decade, the final of the Uganda will not be graced by the Heathens but after an abysmal 2018, the third place finish should come as a show of progress for the record 11 time champions.
Uganda Cup 2018
Third Place Playoff
FT : Hima Cement Heathens 36-08 Toyota Buffaloes
Heathens team to play Buffaloes:
Forwards: 1.Kaihura Gideon, 2.Tinashe Peter, 3.Cox Muhigwa, 4.Charles Uhuru, 5.Kato Reynold, 6.Aziz Khan, 7.Ogwal Romano, 8.Misagga Benedict, 9.Santos Senteza, 10.Abdul Kiyimba, 11.Alex Mubiru, 12.Emmanuel Byamugisha, 13.Mike Otto
Backs: 14.Kevin Kerimundu, 15.Paul Epilo, 16.Paul Masendi, 17.Esterhuizen Lehahn, 18.Michael Wokorach, 19.Jordan Bogomin, 20.Ochan Trevor, 21.Abdul Salaam, 22.Bishop Onen , 23.Simon Okwera
Buffaloes to play Heathens:
Forwards: 1. Robert Kafeero, 2. Arthur Akampa, 3. Okema Mathew, 4. Teko Joseph, 5. Tolit Eric, 6. Aita Phillip, 7. Edrine Kayima 8. Norman Luwum 9. Mark Oloya Myles 10. Ochaka Kenneth 11. Ali Hayder 12. Ucu Romano
Backs: 13. Stephen Alul, 14. Aziz Karim, 15. Bagota Paul, 16. Stallone Arinitwe, 17. Josephat Mugisha, 18. Jimmy Wagabaza, 19. Atto Jerome, 20. Wasswa Jeremiah, 21. Moses Kasule, 22. Alvin Lutwama, 23. Onyango Pride