By Thomas Odongo
Buzz Pirates have won the 2017/2018 Nile Special Rugby Premiership title after sealing a 48-05 win at Jinja Damwaters, a way to Jinja Hippos during the second last game of the season.
Pirates' title celebrations would have happened two weeks ago but a stubborn Rhinos side condemned them to a 00-03 defeat at their own backyard, Legends Rugby Club to force them to go and celebrate in Jinja.
Pirates who had named a strong team at Jinja were impressive by break time through a 24-05 win.
However, the hosts never replied again as Pirates matched to the title with a commanding 48-05 victory.
Before the game, Pirates needed a win with an extra point since they were six points ahead of second placed Rhinos who had 60 points; hence Pirates have now gunned 71 points with a game to spare.
The 20 year wait for the premiership title is officially over for the ''Sea Robbers'' and they will now seek to build on that to become one of the most feared sides in the domestic top flight league.
''It has been a tough season due to resilience from Legends based clubs in particular. However, we pressed on and it paid off and many thanks to everybody who ensured we succeed,'' Pirates lock, Joel Anguyo noted after the win in Jinja.
Pirates play local rivals, Betway Kobs on Saturday during the season's finale at Legends and the Betway Uganda sponsored side are expected to accord a guard of honor to the champions before they are awarded the trophy after the game.
So far, Pirates have won all but two fixtures in the league with the points dropped including a walkover against Warriors and a slim 00-03 loss to Rhinos.
Pirates also won the Rugby Uganda Club in November last year after condemning Heathens to a 20-31 defeat at Kyadondo Rugby Club, which also ended their ten year wait for that accolade after a repeated duopoly from Heathens and Kobs.