The Betway Kobs were too strong for the Black Pirates in the second half to emerge victors in the Uganda Cup, beating the holders 21-14 to win it for the 7th time.
Pirates were early in the lead through Joel Anguyo’s boot, converting two penalties. Kobs would draw one back through fly-half James Ijongat to cut the game’s gap to 06-03. From then on, kicks were being missed on both sides and injuries were being registered. Kobs were forced to withdraw Conrad Mukwaya in the first half, who was replaced by the returning Joseph Aredo. This meant that Adrian Kasito would assume Mukwaya’s former position (wing) while Aredo settled into full back. Ijongat attempted a penalty from the middle but lady luck denied him another score, as his kick went straight to the upright.
The second half started with more kicking and Joel Anguyo extended Pirates lead to 9-3 with a penalty. The sea robbers kept prying with intent and sooner rather than later were rewarded with a try off the maul through Musa Muwonge. Joel Anguyo failed to kick in the extras but Pirates remained in a commanding 14-03 lead.
The Kobs pack got to work too and ten minutes after Musa’s try, the Blue Army got their first points of the second half with a try through Adnan Mutebi. Kirabo missed the extras but Kobs reduced the gap to 14-08. A few substitutions later, Kobs were through again for a try as Ivan Kirabo went on the short side to push Kobs close to pirates 14-13. Cool as a cucumber, Adrian Kasito converted the try, to put the Kobs in the lead 15-14. Adrian would later add two penalties from either wings to extend Kobs lead to 21-14. With the last kick that took the game to 21-14, Referee Sauda called time on the game, and confirmed Kobs victory.
“As a player, it is my first Uganda Cup to participate in and I wanted to make sure I win it,” said the man of the match Adrian Kasito.
“It has been a long time coming for this team, and we are going to enjoy this victory,” said Kobs assistant manager Edmund Tumusiime.
Kobs have now won the Uganda Cup seven times, only behind Heathens who are on 7. Until this year, Kobs ahd not featured in the Uganda Cup final since 2015.