Sadolin Mongers could not hold onto their half time-one point lead against defending champions Kobs, losing 22-16 at Legends Rugby Grounds on Saturday.

The Nile Special Uganda Rugby Premiership result condemned them further on the log behind rivals Kobs and leaders Heathens who earned a 17-12 victory over Pirates.


Mongers conceded first in a very tight first half with James Ijiongat scoring three penalties to put the home side Kobs, nine points ahead.

And as the match progressed to the break the Entebbe based side, launched an onslaught and a penalty plus a conversion by Adrian Wasswa that came after a try put the side back into the game.

Adrian Wasswa offloaded to back-row Mukalazi after a scintillating run through the flanks closing down a couple of Kobs backs and wild celebrations rocked the stands when he touched in style before the break’s whistle.


Mongers who have been a suprise package this season with English head coach Robert Powell could have fought back harder in the second half having carried on a 09-10 lead but it just did not work out right.

Even though the side proceeded with another penalty by Wasswa at immediate re-start of the match, Kobs’ experience and determination downed them as they witnessed a dramatic comeback.

Kobs Oscar Kalyango touched in fashion thanks to a pairing with Justin Kimono following James Ijiongat’s penalty as the outfit regained the lead in the middle of the final half. Mongers were very terrible in the line outs though performed in the scrum.

Scott Olouch located a gap in backline again and the seemingly exhausted Mongers could chase no more as the Kobs player crashed over for another try after a lapse in concentration and line out failure.

Ijiongat who was later on replaced for Kobs did not convert both tries having literally traded off his boots he used in the first half. It was eventually the second loss in a row away from home for Sadolin Mongers.

Kobs Captain Brian Odong felt the win was one of a kind as he said in an interview.

They beat us in the first round and to come here and win is something special.


Kobs remain unbeaten at home.

Mongers have not won any match in the second half of this season.

Mongers have lost three away matches and won only two.

Kobs are unbeaten in this second half of the season.

In the last four times Kobs and Mongers have met in the Premiership, Kobs have won thrice while Mongers have won only once.

Week 9 Results

Kobs 22-16 Sadolin Mongers
Ezee Money Rhinos 22-11 Mutoni Warriors
Toyota Buffaloes 24-03 Impis
Heathens 17-12 Pirates

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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