Story : Grip Rugby
2016 School’s Rugby Champions St Mary’s College Kisubi (SMACK) will run out for their first game of the season against Makerere College School (MACOS) on Sunday and their coach Sekate Paul Cameron believes the game is an opportunity for his boys. SMACK lost to MACOS in the semi-finals of the school’s premier tournament with a close score of 3-0 and Sekate believes it is his boys’ turn to put MACOS to the sword.
“It is a brilliant opportunity for my boys especially the younger ones. They know exactly why they lost last year and they are up for the challenge this time” A positive Sekate said.
Sekate also pointed out some of the factors that could have cost the team last year, but maintains they are always looking forward and aiming for the best.
“The boys weren’t up to the task, and the nature of the pitch that day frustrated us because my team plays a running and passing game. However we are always optimistic and aim at doing better each time we play” he added.
With the game being played before the return of the Senior Five class, most of whom should graduate to the U19 team this year, Sekate believes there will be little to miss as the younger boys will fill in perfectly.
“SMACK is known to groom its own players. We don’t recruit players from other schools, so the last year’s senior 3s who played U17 are now in senior 4 and ready for a senior team debut” he remarked confidently.
He adds that there will be a number of young boys in, and that result is evident as SMACK has provided youngsters like William Nkore and Raymond Emanzi to the National 7s side recently. Besides, Sekate himself features for the national 15s side, and he believes that as a former captain and now coach, that is added proof to SMACK’s rugby acumen.