Kobs were right on course for 8th Nile Special Uganda Rugby Premiership victory in ten played after defeating resilient and tough Pirates at Legends Rugby Grounds on Saturday.
The defending champions won 08-33, defeating the home side Pirates in a match that was played in memory of former Rugby Cranes and Pirates legend Henry Rujumba.
Rujumba collapsed on Thursday while conducting a lecture at Kampala University at 39 and a moment of silence was observed by fans and players before kick off.
Former Pirates coach, now on the technical bench of the side reminded the public of how essential Rujumba was to the Cranes in the legendary 2002 squad that claimed the Africa Cup 1B title.
Rujumba helped Uganda beat Kenya for the first time in an international test and playing in memory of such a hero is what Pirates promised to do against Kobs.
Both outfits sang the first stanza of the national Anthem before visitors Kobs launched an onslaught to touch through Scott Olouch’s try from the scrum break.
James Ijongat converted just before Pirates Back Conrad Wanyama kicked way too high a penalty for the trailing side.
Rugby Cranes and Pirates fly half made his presence felt with a run at Kobs Keith Seruyange in the flanks but got stopped as both side kept tussling it out in the hot weather conditions of the day.
Kobs skipper Brian Odong and James Ijongat later paired for a brilliant run in the middle but were halted by the resilient Pirates backline.
A sensational try scored by Dennis Etuket later amazed the crowds after Conrad passed to Magomu, who offloaded to Etuket who ran through to touch in style.
Conrad was originally told to watch the over ball in the line out by coach Anthony Kinene and thanks to his advice, he finally got the ball he passed over for the try.
The conversion chance to level the scores for was squandered when Conrad kicked wide of the uprights to keep the scores, Pirates 05-07 Kobs.
Ijongat kicked slightly wide too missing an opportunity to extend their score through a penalty but after being stopped in early attempt to over run Conrad Wanyama and denis Etuket, Justin Kimono touched for Kobs.
Oscar kalyango edged in the opposite flank before ball shifted to Justin Kimono across. James Ijiongat converted.
Pirates Marvin Odongo later saw yellow going to the sin bin as Pirates remained one man down. Kobs used the opportunity defeating the home team in a scrum before Brian Odong dived over. Ijongat missed the conversion.
Magomu immediately replied for Pirates with a penalty before seeing red for a controversial foul he committed.
Kobs opted for a scrum after being awarded a penalty and Marvin Odongo returned to raise Pirates numbers by one before the break.
Kobs Brian Swans was later on showed red by the referee to level the numbers but the visitors remained dominant in the mauls and rucks.
Justin Kimono and Micheal Amollo ran through easily to touch beyond the try line, as James Ijongat converted the extras. Pirates were eventually condemned to loss with Justin Kimono voted man of the match.
Kimono thanked his team for the support in an interview. ” It’s great (to have emerged man of the match)… It’s been a while since I took man of the match and thanks to my team.”
Kobs have won 8 season matches in 10 so far played.
Kobs are still unbeaten at home, having lost against Heathens and Sadolin Mongers at Kyadondo and Entebbe.
Kobs have not lost any match in this new year 2015.
Pirates are yet to win in their last three encounters.
Pirates last won in week 7 against Impis in makerere.
Pirates have lost the last four Premiership encounters with Kobs.
Pirates 08-33 Kobs
Mutoni Warriors 17-39 Toyota Buffaloes
Sadolin Mongers 15-16 Ezee Money Rhinos
Impis 13-47 Heathens
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