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Jinja Hippos: Masters of Damwaters, Defenders of Rugby Glory

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  • With an enviable record of eight wins, one draw, and zero losses in nine matches, the fortress stands tall as a beacon of rugby excellence in Uganda.
  • This is the tale of Jinja Hippos, whose prowess on the field turns Damwaters Rugby Club into an impenetrable stronghold, leaving their opponents in awe and their fans in rapture.

In the heart of Uganda, nestled along the banks of the Nile, lies a rugby fortress like no other. This is the tale of Jinja Hippos, whose prowess on the field turns Damwaters Rugby Club into an impenetrable stronghold, leaving their opponents in awe and their fans in rapture.

As the 2024 Nile Special Rugby Championship reaches its climax, the journey of Jinja Hippos unfolds with both triumph and drama. Amidst the fierce competition, only one team has dared to challenge the might of Hippos and emerged with a draw: Heathens. But for every other contender, Damwaters becomes a battleground where victory seems a distant dream.

The recent clash against Black Pirates in the Championship Playoffs Semifinals stands as a testament to Hippos’ indomitable spirit. Despite trailing 10-24 at halftime, the Hippos orchestrated a remarkable comeback, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat with a final score of 28-27. It was a match filled with suspense, with both teams grappling to gain the upper hand amidst a flurry of handling errors.

In the first half, Pirates surged ahead, showcasing their dominance with three tries courtesy of Ivan Magomu, Timothy Kisiga, and Paul Bagota. Magomu’s flawless conversions and penalty kicks further cemented their lead, leaving the hosts struggling to keep pace. Yet, as the second half dawned, the tide shifted in favor of Hippos.

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With unwavering determination, Hippos launched a relentless assault, turning the tables on Pirates with a flurry of tries and penalties. Jacob Ochen and Bright Mukisa emerged as the heroes of the hour, their efforts culminating in a historic victory. Mukisa’s triumphant try in the dying moments of the game sealed the deal, rewriting the annals of Jinja Hippos’ legacy.

Indeed, Damwaters Rugby Club has become synonymous with triumph for Jinja Hippos. With an enviable record of eight wins, one draw, and zero losses in nine matches, the fortress stands tall as a beacon of rugby excellence in Uganda. Each victory adds another chapter to the storied history of Hippos, solidifying their reputation as titans of the sport.

As the Championship Playoffs Semifinals enter its second round, Hippos carry a one-point advantage to Kings Park, where they will face off against their rivals once more. Across the nation, anticipation brews as fans await the clash of titans, eager to witness history in the making.

In the grand tapestry of Ugandan rugby, Jinja Hippos reign supreme, their legacy etched in the hallowed grounds of Damwaters. As they march onwards, their spirits unyielding, one thing remains certain: wherever there is a field, wherever there is a game, the Hippos will stand tall, defenders of rugby glory.

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