Athiyo attributes Pirates loss to complacency

After his side’s 20-13 loss to Pirates on Friday, Heathens head coach Mohammed Athiyo believes the result would have been different had it not been for their complacency.

The tactician says his side undermined their opponents on the day and got a beating they deserved.

“Honestly I think (complacence) it did,” Athiyo revealed when asked about his side’s display on the day.

Pirates became the first team to defeat the champions elect in the Rugby Premiership.

“It (losing) was bound to eventually happen and luckily it happened after we had won the league,” he added.

Bobby Musinguzi’s charges made light work of an out-of-sorts Heathens to cement second place as the league draws closer to an end.

Ronald Tumusiime scored one of the two Pirates’ tries with the other, by Raymond Emanzi, counted as a penalty try.

Efforts by Heathens to salvage something from the game were futile as even the introduction of prop Asuman Mugerwa at the start of the second half couldn’t help matters.

Scrumhalf Faizal Gamma, who came on in the second period, scored Heathens’ only try on the day but it came too late for them to launch a comeback.

It was Pirates’ second successive win of the season having humbled Kobs 18-12 the previous weekend.

Athiyo, however, called it a bump on the way and expects his side to bounce back against Kobs this weekend.

“It is a good reality check for us and now we know how it feels to lose,”

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