Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Rhinos 22-23 Kobs

[/media-credit] Keith Sseruyange (R) touched down for Kobs Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Brian Odong, Keith Sseruyange and Michael Amolo crossed the line as Kobs regained their bragging rights in the Legends derby with a slim 23-22 win over Rhinos.

Having lost the first round fixture to Brian Makalama’s Rhinos, Kobs had to win not only to avenge the loss but keep their slim hopes of defending the league title.

It was Rhinos who started on the front foot with scrum half Kevin Makmot scoring a penalty.

The response came almost immediately from man of the match Brian Odong as he powered over the line to touch down and put the first points on the board for Kobs.

Fly half James Ijongat made no mistake with the extras to give Kobs a 07-03 lead.

Ramathan Govule was then punished for not rolling away after a tackle and Makmot made no mistake from the resultant penalty to cut the lead to just a point (06-07).

The defending champions added some cushion to the score as Joseph Aredo set up Michael Amolo for the team’s second try of the game. Ijongat missed the conversion and Kobs went into the halftime break with a 12-06 lead.

After restart, from a Rhinos’ scrumdown put-in, winger Keith Sseruyange found his way over the try line but Ijongat couldn’t convert.

Makalama’s troops then started asking all sorts of questions and Makmot drilled in his third penalty on the day to reduce the lead to 8 points (09-17).

Rhinos winger Daudi Ssemwami, who had been silenced by a hard knock by Amolo in the first half, intercepted Govule’s pass deep in Rhinos’ half and paced for the try line. Makmot’s conversion put his side within a point (16-17).

Enter Jasper Onen and his drop goals. The fly half scored a drop goal to give Rhinos their second lead of the game before Ijongat attempted and missed a penalty.

With another loss looming, the defending champions were awarded another penalty and Ijongat converted to tilt the game in Kobs favour.

But, Onen wasn’t done yet. Center referee Collins Mulindwa wrongly called a knock-on after Aredo knocked the ball backwards and from the scrum down, Rhinos set up Onen who put the ball through the sticks for the side to lead 22-20.

It seemed done and dusted and silence embraced Legends until Rhinos erred deep in their half to give Kobs a penalty which was converted by Ijongat to win the game for Kobs.

With Pirates defeating Sadolin Mongers at the House of Pain, Kobs win left them still in third place.

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