Four circuits later, Buffaloes get it right

Buffaloes celebrate Gulu 7s triumph

Toyota Buffaloes needed three loses in the final to master what it is like to win a final in this year’s National Sevens championship.

A 12-7 win over Heathens at Gulu High School on Saturday ensured Edgar Lemerigar’s charges avoided a fourth straight loss in the finals and won their first piece of silverware.

“It was about time we won and we are all excited with the win,” Lemerigar revealed after the win.

The win was enough for the Kyadondo outfit to leapfrog Kobs and take to the summit of the log heading into the penultimate circuit of the season.

Now on 79 points, Buffaloes have created a 4-point gap between themselves and second placed Heathens while Kobs now languish in third place with 72 points.

Steady Progress

Having finished second at Kyadondo, in Jinja and at Legends Rugby Grounds, Buffaloes made the most of the longest trip this season by lifting the cup in Northern Uganda.

Kobs could not make it past the quarters and this presented an opportunity for Buffaloes to capitalize.

With 23 tries scored and 22 points garnered from the weekend, Buffaloes is now the team to beat and both Kobs and Heathens will require perfection on their side coupled with a dismal collapse on Buffaloes side to have sight of the overall title.

No stars, no problem

When national team coach Tolbert Onyango named a team to prepare for the forthcoming Africa Sevens Championship, there were four names that formed the core of the Buffaloes team.

That, however, has not affected the team in any way as they maintained their resolve and even went ahead to win a cup.

“I am glad to say that Buffaloes has been feeding the national sevens team with 50% of the players and this gives room to the youngsters left behind to grow and get better,” Lemerigar said.

Eric Kasiita, Solomon Okia and Pius Ogena have all left the Buffaloes’ camp to prepare for Africa Cup.

The final bend of the national championship heads to Makerere this weekend and Buffaloes will be favourites for top honours.