Kevin Makmot, Ivan Magomu and James Ijongat were the men on spot on Saturday. Spurring their teams to points as the Nile Special Super Rugby Tournament returned. In four games, two held at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds and two at the Graveyard in Makerere, the fly-halves displayed excellent skills and teamwork, proving that indeed, the game of rugby has its heart centred on them.
In the opener at Makerere, Ijongat’s Kobs played out a 63-8 routing of 14-man fellow Kampala side Mutoni Warriors. Ijongat was the spark. After his opposing number Reuben Kihumuro being sent off, the 20 year old produced a match winnng performace, showing good movement on and off the ball, and executing penalty and conversion kicks that propelled the Kobs forward.
Kevin Makmot scored 3 of his 4 attempted conversion kicks, and sent a number of attack grabbers and up-and-unders as Rhinos heaped pressure on the Impis. The result was a hat-trick of brilliant individual tries for winger and former Impis player Daudi “Muscle” Semwami, plus a late one by Jimmy Musiitwa to give Rhinos a 26-5 win against the home side, who had earlier replied through Arnold Semwogerere sealing off a Chris Kamau run.
At Kyadondo, Ivan Magomu sparkled as Pirates played age old rivals Heathens. At half time, it was a 10-7 lead for Heathens at half time.
However, Magomu turned the game on its head for a 17 -10 lead for Pirates, though a late try that was successfully converted by Aaron Ofoirwoth nipped his efforts in the bud. The game settled at a 17 all draw, with Magomu coming off as the man of the match.
In Gulu, newly promoted sides Gulu Elephants and Rams tussled it out, and the Rams defeated the hosts 22-12.