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Betway Kobs, so ruthless and effective

It was more than just the 23 players on the day that made sure Betway Kobs were so effective on and off the ball, and ruthless in their game against the Hima Cement Heathens which saw them win 26-21. The battle was won for Kobs just a few minutes into the game.

Betway Kobs 26-21 Hima Cement Heathens : Match Highlights 

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Ronald Musajja deserves a dedicated kit boy and water boy for his heroics last weekend. He put in a shift like no other before. He had faced the Heathens twice before, scoring on both occasions but not playing more than 50 minutes. Despite not scoring this past weekend, he was an immovable block in the Kobs pack. He was mean with the ball whenever surrounded by prowling Heathens. He always bullied his way through trying to push Kobs forward and ease the pressure on the defenders. At the scrums, Ronald Musajja’s effect was felt just as much as the Blue Army easily walked over the Heathens in that regard.

Ronald Musajja (with ball) leads the Kobs forward

 

Wilobo Mukili : He has had a quite confusing career with the Betway sponsored outfit, but all signs show he has settled in at prop. It is hard to see a prop so strong and so mobile at the same time. Mukili was just that against the Heathens. Brian Odongo is B.O.D the legend, but he should probably take longer on the sidelines and let Mukili bully Adnan Mutebi for a starting nod in the Kobs kit. The pair of Kimbowa and Mukili was clearly too much for Abel and Santos to contain.

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It’s go time. Mukili matches onto the pitch for the Heathens clash

In battle of first receivers, James Ijongat took his opposite Robert Masendi for a ride. Kobs number ten, James, would leave his mark on the game with a drop goal while Robert’s most outstanding contribution was that attempt at gaining territory for Heathens, only for the ball to land in the glue stronghold of Joseph Aredo and the Kobs full back ran back, into Heathens 5, a move that would lead to Kobs first try. Needless to say, Masendi was one of the defenders left for dead in the run-up. Ijongat knew when to release his mates and find his centers, while Masendi, the long pass merchant, struggled to have his mates on the ball. It is no wonder coach Athiyo withdrew Masendi at half time, and moved Epilo to first receiver with veteran Faisal Gamma playing scrum half.

James Ijongat (left) tracks forward and escorts Adrian Kasito

Kobs probably miss Oscar Kalyango because of his name, but certainly not game contribution. Reason is simple – Ian Munyani. It is so perturbing how a lad with legs so long can manage to fold them and get away from defenders. From afar, Ian looks like every defenders dream, so easy to tackle. This is up until you come up against the lanky center. Ian was so effective as outside center last weekend, on top of setting up Edgar Seruwagi for Kobs first try. If it was not Aredo, it was Ian Munyani putting a stop of Michael Wokorach busting runs into Kobs territory.

Ian Munyani (with ball) tries to evade a tackle

Kobs have managed to blend youth, with experience and will surely still be a successful side for a while to come because of this. The backline is a cocktail of experience in Kimono, Aredo, Kiwalabye with youth in Seruwagi, Kasito, Munyani and Mukwaya.

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Honorable mentions to skipper Brian Asaba, and his back row compatriot Roger Rukundo, Conrad Mukwaya and Davis Kiwalabye.

It is needless talking about Joseph Aredo because social media has helped us hoist him as the hero, and there is no more space in this publication.