A fortnight after a very forgettable Nile Special Rugby League that almost found them at the absolute tail end of the tabular standings, the Mulago Rams cut short the holiday and made way to the Makerere Rugby grounds, The Graveyard, put through a few good paces in preparation for the National 7s series.
Buffaloes freeze out Rhinos in the Plate Semis
This all wouldn’t make sense hadn’t they claimed the ultimate prize in the first of five 7s series hosted in their own backyard, The Graveyard. A Richard Lumu inspired Mulago Rams had to dig deep to find it within them to fend off Adrian Wasswa’s brutal crashing and ruthless Sadolin Mongers from Entebbe. Rams drew first blood following a converted Lumu try after overlapping and leaving Mongers defenders for dead. The Mongers replied with two tries of their own that weren’t converted leaving the score at 10-07 to the Mongers. Rams left it late to burst through and cross over for their second try, take the game to 12-10 in their advantage and eventually win it. Not even veteran Simon Wakabi’s late surge and Andrew Olweny's bullish nature could tear down the solid defense masterminded by Rams.
The Rams had to meet and see off, in an underdog affair, the Hima Cement Heathens, winning 7-0 while the Entebbe side eased past the hapless and toothless defending champions Betway Kobs in a one way traffic fashion which saw them win 14-05. Both teams, Rams and Mongers, earned their bragging rights for the day having been the most consistent sides from defense through to executing point rewarding phases.
In the plate final, many people’s choice for winner and 2014 overall National 7s conqueror, Keremundu’s Toyota Buffaloes clashed with and blew away Mutoni Warriors, scoring an easy 19 points without getting a single reply from the Warriors.
For the first time in a long time, there were ladies participating teams in the 7s competition but it just wasn’t to be a good day for the Entebbe sides as the “losing a finale” syndrome hit the ladies team, Entebbe Sharks who lost 12-00 to the Kyadondo based Thunderbirds.
Entebbe Sharks in action.
Entebbe Sharks 00-12 Thunderbirds
Plate Semis: Main Cup Semis:
Warriors 12-07 Impis Rams 07-00 Heathens
Rhinos 00-38 Buffaloes Mongers 14-05 Kobs
Plate Finals: Main Cup Final:
Warriors 00-19 Buffaloes Rams 12-10 Mongers