Heathens players celebrate winning the Uganda Cup trophy in Entebbe. PHOTO BY JOHNSON WERE

Winning the 12th Uganda title but the 10th with hooker Alex Mubiru defines his strength and determination.

In his 40s Mubiru still stands as the best hooker Uganda rugby has ever produced and talking to the USPA team, there was no word or thought of him retiring soon.

“Playing 120 minutes in two matches a week with the young energetic players is a sign that I am still strong. Let us finish Christmas, give it a thought and I see, but I can’t tell you now that am hanging the boot,” Mubiru said.

Pirates took an early 3-0 lead through an Ivan Magomu penalty, but Heathens quickly replied with a try by Joseph Oyet to take a 5-3 lead however, Magomu added a penalty to seal a 6-5 break time lead.

Alex Mubiru holding the trophy (L( with a teammate.

In the second half Pirates added a penalty by William Nkore, to stretch a 9-5 lead, but Heathens also responded with two penalties by Chris Lubanga and another by Oyet to take a 14-9 lead.

They later equalised 14-14 courtesy of a try by Timothy Odongo but could not kill off the game with the conversion taking it to extra-time and eventually heathens winning it 20-14 after six-point addition through a penalty and drop goal by Joseph Oyet.

Uganda Cup winners since 1999 

2022-Heathens

2021-Kobs

2020- Not held -Covid-19

2019 -Kobs

2018-Kobs

2017-Pirates

2016-Heathens

2015-Heathens

2014-Heathens

2013-Heathens

2012-Kobs

2011-Kobs

2010-Kobs

2009-Heathens

2008-Kobs

2007-Pirates

2006 -Kobs

2005 -Kobs

2004- Heathens

2003- Heathens

2002- Heathens

2001- Heathens

2000- Heathens

1999- Heathens

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