Namilyango College had too much in the locker for new entrants Light Academy Boys’ Secondary School to stop them, as they eased to big wins in the U17 and U19 categories. The 8-time champions looked buoyant on the field, being very solid in defense and very lethal in attack.
In the U17 category, Namilyango who were on home ground, ran in 5 tries and 2 conversions to take the game 29:00 courtesy of an enthusiastic performance from Gavin Mutara. Peter Serwambala, Mutangana Mark, Siibi Joel and Calvin Wabwala were also on the scoreboard for the home side, while Opio ‘Black Beatle’ Ezekiel got two conversions right, wasting the other three.
The home team however had handling errors, conceding a total of 14 scrum downs from knock ons. Sultan Bin Ahmed, the 8th man from Light Academy was very good on the pick, but the Ngonian defence was too firm to let him through.
In the U19 category, full-back Kinyera Emmanuel was quick to punish the laxity of the Light Academy defence with a quick brace, before crafty footwork from Fly-half Kisitu Hillary gave the home team commanding presence. At half time, it was 24-0, and 51-03 by the end. Namilyango ran in 9 tries but were poor kickers, converting only 3. Hamza Musiime made good with the only attempt at goal that the visitors had, converting a well earned penalty.
Light Academy coach Isaac Rujumba was bitter with the performance, saying the visitors came in with too much respect for Namilyango, which ended up costing them.
“This was their debut match but I expected much better. They gave the game their best and lost as a team, so I am not happy with the performance. No coach would be happy. We shall work hard to be better” Rujumba told GRIP RUGBY in a post match interview.
As for Mukama ‘Dexter’ Kenneth, one of the Namilyango coaches, there still is a big mountain to climb.
“We are happy with the win, but we still have work to do. We came to the game expecting the worst, played well and hopefully this year, we will take the trophy” he said.
Namilyango are on the road to Kololo SSS next, who as of now sit second in group A, following a controversial win over St Mary’s College Kisubi (SMACK), while Light Academy will host SMACK, in a tie where both teams will be looking to overturn their fortunes.