After beating defending champions Hima cement Heathens 13-03, the Black Pirates now have the local rugby premiership title in their sights.
Rookie Desire Ayera dominated the pack while veteran Joel Anguyo kicked in eight points as Uganda Cup custodians bested Heathens for the full count of 80 minutes.
As it has become the norm, the game started with Pirates on the prowl and these efforts were rewarded with two penalties which Anguyo scored with ease. In that time, Heathens countered and got penalties of their own but managed to score only one, leaving Pirates in a 06-03 lead.
Whenever the ball got to the quartet of Muwonge, Kisiga, Magomu and Haruna, one could smell Heathens’ susceptibility to conceding from miles away and not before long, beastly carrying from Musa saw an offload to Magomu who then released “the smooth criminal” that is Kisiga, who broke the Heathens defense line to run forward and assist Haruna Muhammad who scored the game’s first try. Anguyo earned his team the full points when he converted from out wide to extend their lead to 13-03.
The first half introduction of Michael Wokorach saw the Heathens’ attack regain some direction and they almost scored a try of their own at the end of the first 40 but Cox’s Muhigwa nightmare continued to show when he failed to offload to his supporting cavalry, hoping to score the try, only to meet an airtight Pirates defense.
The second half was the more intense and brutal 40 minutes in the league thus far. Heathens tried to string together a number of phases but the sea robbers had taken the ship under siege and they were not about to relinquish it. Poor ball handling, Bishop Onen, Allan Otim, and Isaac Massa’s tackles are the best summary for the second half. When Heathens weren’t making handling errors, Onen and Otim were bottling it or Massa was playing his best game of the season.
At the referee’s final whistle, the stadium erupted in applause for the visiting Pirates who had not only kept Heathens scoreless in the second half, but also try-less in the entire game. And with such a majestic performance, Pirates more or less put a firm hand on the trophy.