Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Rugby Premiership

Kobs 20-34 Rhinos

[/media-credit] Keith Sseruyange (R) touched down but Kobs did not survive Rhinos Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Maybe Rhinos should be taken serious. Just maybe.

Their 34-20 win over defending champions Kobs on Saturday evening showed the sort of challenge the team is capable of pausing in the title race this season.

Rhinos started the poorly and conceded when James Ijongat converted a penalty to put the first points on the board.

Ijongat then combined well with full back Joseph Aredo to set up winger Michael Amolo who touched down in the corner to stretch Kobs lead.

Fly half Jasper Onen, making his debut for the bolstered Rhinos then put Rhinos first points on the board with a flawless drop goal before his fellow half back Kevin Makmot added a penalty.

That was the start of Rhinos’ dominance and they paused questions that the defending champions found no answers to.

Winger Daudi Ssemwami made Rhinos’ first try to give them their first lead in the game but his opposite Keith Sseruyange ensured Kobs went to into the halftime break with the lead (15-11) after a superb touch down.

Brian Makalama’s charges were fully in charge in the second half and used their heavy pack to dominate Kobs in the scrummages.

Herman Ssekamwa and Ssemwami scored the two second half tries to confirm Rhinos first win over Kobs in over 13 years.

Derrick Tukwasibwe scored Kobs only try of the second period and with Ijongat substituted and Aredo, Kobs’ kickers in the sin bin, Sseruyange couldn’t convert.

The win is Rhinos’ third this season and the side remains unbeaten after four games while Kobs lost their first game of the season.

Pirates earlier on made light work of Sadolin Mongers with a 31-13 win to cement their place at the top of the log.

Rams defeated Makerere Impis 14-03 in the Graveyard derby.

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