Rugby Weekend Round Up ; Pirates slip up against title contenders as Warriors hand themselves relegation life line

Pirates 00-03 Shell Rimula Rhinos

Going unbeaten throughout a demanding 18 week season in a sport as draining as Rugby is a feat that many simply dream of. Pirates were in touching distance of this bliss but had their dream shattered this weekend as they finally lost a game on a rugby pitch (forgetting the rule book victory that mongers walked away with).

From 1 to 23 – A team full of young impressive lads marshalled by the older guns, had been an eye catcher every weekend they set foot on rugby turf. The question lingered in the minds of many as to how long the youthful side could keep this run up, with a number conceding that the boys were virtually unplayable and unbeatable.

When the national sevens selectors came calling, it was no surprise that the Pirates ship had to lose a handful who were required to answer the country’s call, which unfortunately (for Pirates) meant that they would forego club games in a bid to keep fresh and injury free for the sevens side.

This came at a very delicate stage as the men in black and red approach the finish line. Having escaped with close scores against opponents such as  Buffaloes in as far as recent memory serves, with a host of second string players who proved to be equally effective, the ship seemed to sail steady despite the growing tides.

The derby against Shell Rimula Rhinos this week was very crucial as victory for the Pirates meant that they would secure the league title with two games to spare. However the Rhinos had other ideas and wouldn’t allow Bobby Musinguzi’s team to have joy on their watch as they edged the Pirates 3-0 in a dodgy affair.

The loss meant that Pirates’ faithful had to keep the corks on their wine bottles on for a while longer and we will have to wait a bit longer for the Sea robbers to do their post game victory dance once again.

Luckily though, the loss didn’t hurt much, they still maintain a healthy lead against 2nd placed Rhinos who have to rely on mathematical calculus of a Pirates loss or two to give them a glimmer of hope. All Pirates needs is a bonus point victory against Hippos in Jinja and the party carnival can commence. The Sea robbers can’t afford to slip up anymore because such would mean a final day clash against rivals Betway Kobs whose title hopes vanished when they fell to Entebbe Mongers at home, but would love to be the ultimate party poopers.

Warriors 18-08 Rams

In what has been a very competitive season to the end, even the bottom of the log has no clear cut wooden spoon holder. The Warriors have been in total shambles in the second round of the season that has seen them dip from 6th position to 10th in a space of 4 to 5 games – going into last Saturday’s fixture, the men in purple knew that only a win would keep their league stay alive (Call it a final as you may).

The Legends based side hosted a stubborn and confident Rams side that had defeated their hosts when the two teams met in the first round of the season and where sure to make it a double.

Nonetheless, a more organised though not so convincing display from the Warriors saw them dispatch the Rams to keep them in the race and also leapfrog Makerere Impis into 9th position, just one point below Rams. The relegation battle is still very open with every point accrued from now on being of high relevance as we head into the final two games of the season.

Full Weekend Results

Betway Kobs 11 – 06 Hima Cement Heathens

Warriors 18 – 08 Mulago Rams

Black Pirates 00 – 03 Shell Rimula Rhinos

Toyota Buffaloes 41 – 19 Jinja Hippos

Plascon Mongers 20 – 03 Makerere Impis

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