The Uganda Cup opening round is now behind us and their have been humongous wins for all the top seeded eight, except for the Jinja based Hippos.
JInja Hippos were hosted in Makerere by bthe Rams for the first game of the Uganda Cup. The game lived up to it’s billing with end-to-end action. The Rams opened the scoring through an early try from Edmond Karl. They’d later get another through Robert Anguzu, with Hippos managing a penalty to end the half.
The Hippos came back in the second half with free flowing rugby, and managed to score two tries, through Maxwell Ebong and led the game at some point, 17-15. Rams sneaked in a late try and won it 20-17 to advance to the quarters while Hippos drop to the shield.
The second game at Makerere saw Toyota Buffaloes visit Impis. Buffaloes opened the scoring through Aziz’s boot with a penalty before the silky Innocent Gwoktho scored right below the posts for the game’s first try. Aziz was back again with the kick for full points. Impis managed to get on the scoreboard through a Ssebuliba Syrus penalty. A lapse in Impis 5 gifted Aziz with an easy try as he picked up on a ball knocked forward and literally stretched to score Buffaloes second try, converting to push game to 17-03 in Buffaloes favor by halftime.
The flood gates were let open in the second half as the Buffaloes ran in 4 unanswered tries, converting two of those while playing some fancy offloading rugby with Gwoktho getting his second, and Aita Philip getting in on the action too. The game would end 41-07 in the visitors favor.
Elsewhere, 2016 Uganda Cup champions, Hima Cement Heathens registered the biggest win on the weekend going beyond the 100 mark, and beating Kyambogo 134-00. Rhinos came close to 100 too but just short, winning 97-00 against Soroti Rangers. Defending Champions, Pirates were 76-17 winners in Mbale against the Elephants, while Betway Kobs made a meal of Walukuba winning 71-10. DusuPay Warriors started off with a win too, engulfing Stallions 35-12. Mongers were the biggest winners of the weekend mauling Busitema 165-00.
Uganda Cup Round One Results
Soroti Rangers 00-97 Rhinos
Busitema University 00-165 Mongers
Mbale Elephants 17-76 Pirates
Kyambogo 00-134 Hima Heathens
Rams 20-17 Jinja Hippos
Walukuba 10-71 Betway Kobs
Stallions 12-35 Dusupay Warriors
Impis 03-41 Toyota Buffaloes