Betway Kobs beat Black Pirates 25-13 condemning the defending champions to their second defeat of the league, and their first at their new home, Kings Park in Bweyogerere on the last 2018 outing of the Uganda rugby premiership.
Fresh turf for both teams, it showed with the kickers early on. Kobs and Pirates exchanged penalties but Ivan Kirabo(Kobs) and Conrad Wanyama(Pirates) missed their first chances to give their respective teams the lead as the wind played against them. 13 minutes into the game, Conrad conquered the atmosphere, broke the deadlock and gave Pirates the lead with a penalty. Kobs replied in kind through Ronald Musajja who grounded for a try off a well worked rolling maul. Ivan Kirabo was good on the extras this time extending the Kobs lead to 7-3.
Six minutes later, Kobs found space in the Pirates defense line through Pius Ogena and Ronald Musajja. Pius released Musajja, who was brough down 10 minutes from the try line. Ivan Kirabo collected the ball, sent it to Josiah Sempeke, who in turn sent a long pass out wide to full back Joseph Aredo and Joseph made no mistake but to ground for Kobs second try of the day and keep the beating on course. Ivan missed the resultant kick but Kobs were still in the lead 12-03. Seven minutes from the break, Pirates got a lineout five meters away from Kobs try area; Nathan threw into Ronald “China” Musiime’s hands as Kobs did not contest. China gifted Pius Mwanje and with Pirates forward shielding and going forward, the push was immense enough to gift Pius Mwanje with his and Pirates first try of the game. Pirates cut the lead to 12-08 going into the break.
Four minutes after the break, Ivan Kirabo extended the Kobs lead to 15-08 with a penalty. After loads of pressure, the Pirates scrum came to life pushing Kobs in their own 22 before Wanyama picked the serve and released Haruna Muhammad to score Pirates second try. Conrad missed the ensuing conversion but Kobs lead had been cut to 15-13. Ivan Kirabo added a penalty for Kobs before their forwards pushed Pirates with Collins Kimbowa having the last laugh and scoirng a try for Kobs 8 minutes from full time. Kobs beat Pirates 25-13 at full time.
Kobs skipper Brian Asaba was named Man Of The Match after leading his team to victory and he had only praises for his team mates.
“Obviously, I am very battered. It was a hard game. We cam for the win and I am glad we got it,” said Brian Asaba.
“We know what Pirates can do and we made sure the ball did not run out wide so much. Special mention to Josiah Sempeke who started as fly-half and really outperformed himself and beat many expectations.”
“We wanted to win but it is unfortunate that we couldn’t get it. We made it so easy for them(Kobs). We failed to contest at the lineouts and that cost us a lot,” said Pirates skipper Ivan Magomu.