Black Pirates tear Rhinos to shreds at King’s Park

  • Pirates 61-00 Rhinos
  • Warriors 15-16 Mongers
  • Buffaloes 24-20 Rams
  • Hippos 07-28 Heathens
  • Walukuba 00-61 Kobs
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Black Pirates were ruthless on Saturday at King’s Park easing past Rhinos 61-00 for their fourth straight bonus point victory.

However, it was Rhinos that got the first opportunity of putting up the scores on the board but their penalty hit the post.

Rhinos were soon after penalised for offside and Pirates skipper Ivan Magomu found touch and from a line out, the Sea Robbers spread out through Conrad Wanyama and Edgar Pajob before Magomu threaded to Isaac Massa for the opening try.

Pirates called their pack into action and from a driving maul, Wanyama scored the second try of the game. Mogumu converted for a 12-00 lead.

Despite not scoring on the evening, Muhammad Haruna was lively and set up Timothy Odong for the third try of the game.

Baron Kasozi joined the party with his first of the game with Wanyama adding extras 24-00

Magomu who had a superb found touch with a long kick, and from line-out, Pirates swung to the right to find Massa for his second.

With Rhinos fighting to get on board, they lost the ball to Wanyama who found Magomu and they flyhalf ran through the middle before opting to pass to Haruna. The fullback collected from a failed interception by Rhinos, took a few strides and offloaded to Massa to complete his hattrick.

There was still time for Kasozi to run in one more try for a 39-00 halftime lead.

After break, Kasozi crossed and it was a matter of how many more Pirates could score. A cross kick from Haruna found Massa for another try that Magomu converted.

Massa ran in his fifth and James Mugisha wrapped up the impressive outing for the hosts who battle Heathens at Kyadondo in their next game on Saturday.

Meanwhile, title rivals Kobs and Heathens both left Jinja with maximum points to remain separated by a point.

Justin Kimono (3), Roger Rukundo (2), Allan Musoke, Victor Wadia, James Ijongant and Karim Arinaitwe all crossed as Kobs oblitrated Walukuba Barbarians 61-00 in their own back yard.

Heathens did just enough to secure a bonus point at Dam Waters beating Hippos 28-07 thanks to tries from Paul Masendi, Ronald Kanyanya, Paul Epilo and Charles Uhuru as well as a couple of penalities and a conversion from Chris Lubanga.

At Legends, Warriors bowed to Mongers late pressure to lose 16-15. Nelson Mandela’s early penalty coupled with his own converted try put Warriors up 10-00 before Joel Papi cut the deficit to 5 before the break with a try for the visitors.

Allan Omoding extended Warriors lead with a try eight minutes into the second half but Mongers chipped away with Adrian Wasswa’s pair of penalties before Sean Basekka stole the victory for Mongers with a 8 minutes from fulltime.

At Makerere, Buffaloes escaped with a 24-20 victory over Rams thanks to Aaron Atooke’s 78th-minute try.

Eddie Kayima opened the scoring for Buffaloes on the quarter hour mark with Wilfred Sseguya adding extras but the hosts responded ten minutes later. Emma Kinyera’s try was converted by Emma Kibirige before adding a penalty to put Rams ahead.

After recess, Isaac Azama extended Rams lead with the team’s second try that Kibirge converted.

Hamid Sserunkuma cut the deficit with a drop goal but restored Rams 10-point lead with a penalty.

Stallon Arinaitwe aided Buffaloes’ chase with a try just over ten minutes from time and Sserunkuma converted.

As time expired, Atooke crossed for the matching winning try that Sserunkuma converted.

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