Heathens Seek To Extend Lead At Rujumba 7s

Groups:
•Pool A – Heathens, Rams, Itangas, Walukuba
•Pool B – Hippos, Mongers, Rams 2, Sailors
•Pool C – Pirates, KOBs, Jaguars, Rhinos
•Pool D – Impis, Warriors, Boks, Buffaloes

*Venue: Kings Park Arena (Bweyogerere)


Heathens will be hoping to extend their lead atop when the National Rugby Sevens League continues this weekend with the Rujumba Circuit.

Heathens lead the standings after three legs with 56 points, four above Pirates (54) while Jinja Hippos are third with 51.

They come into this circuit in great form after back to back wins in Entebbe and Arua, the latter marking the first time Rugby 7s was played in the region on the National calendar.

In both finals, they have beaten Jinja Hippos, needing Tries from Joaquin Chisano and Malcolm Daniel Okello to get a 10-00 win at Greenlight Stadium last weekend.

This has been a great improvement for Heathens who started the campaign when they clinched sixth position after the first circuit – Wakiso 7s held at Kings Park in Bweyogerere where the Rujumba 7s is also being held as well.

The Rujumba 7s is held in memory of the late Henry Rujumba, a former Pirates and National team player who passed away in 2015 when he collapsed at Kampala University (where he was a lecturer.

This year, they will also remember former Pirates players Bewatte Betungura and Deogratious Tumuhairwe who passed away this year.

Heathens have added Trevor Ochan (Captain), Innocent Gwokto and Steven Kalema from the team that won the Arua 7s.

But they will continue to miss Michael Wokorach, Claude Otema, Aaron Ofoyrwoth and Norbert Okeny who are with the Uganda National team set for the Rugby 7s World Cup in South Africa.

A win at Rujumba 7s will tighten their grip on the National Title which has been won by KOBs for the last two seasons.

The league will take a two week-long break before returning with Tooro 7s (Buhinga), then Kyabazinga 7s (Bugembe) and end with Buffaloes 7s (Kyadondo) when the overall winner will be crowned.

It’s strong to note that circuits in the central regional, including the Rujumba 7s at Kings Park (Bweyogerere), are being played over two days. Those outside central region are played in one day.

Heathens SquadSyrus Wathum (VC), Ucu Romano, Joachim Chisano, Trevor Ochan (C), Chris Lubanga, Innocent Gwokto, Lawrence Ssebuliba, Shadon Munoko, Okello Patrick, Aziz Khan, Sulaiman Ngobi, Steven Kalema, Emma Ochan

Table Standings after 3 Circuits

  1. Heathens – 56
  2. Black Pirates – 52
  3. Jinja Hippos – 51
  4. Impis – 48
  5. Rams – 42
  6. Buffaloes – 39
  7. KOBs – 30
  8. Warriors – 27
  9. Mongers – 23
  10. Walukuba Barbarians – 23

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