Heathens with the Kitaka 7s trophy
[/media-credit] Kobs were crowned National Sevens Champions Credit: Courtesy

Kobs successfully defended their national sevens championship on Saturday while Heathens won their second circuit at Legends Rugby Grounds.

Kawowo Sports takes a look at the highlights of the 2017 edition of the national sevens championship.

Kobs set pace

With the season kicking off at Kyadondo Rugby Club, home to Hima Cement Heathens and Toyota Buffaloes, the two sides were tipped to win and set the pace in the title run.

Kobs, however, had different ideas and defeated Buffaloes 12-7 in the final to win the first edition of the series and gather 22 points on rival territory.

The defending champions went to the Jinja sevens circuit seated at the summit of the log with Buffaloes closely monitoring from second place.

The two sides met again in the final of the Jinja Sevens and Kobs garnered more 22 points after defeating Buffaloes in the final at Dam Waters.

Heathens rule Legends

They may have fallen short in the run to the championship but Heathens pushed Kobs to the final day and leapfrogged Buffaloes to finish second.

The Kyadondo outfit won two circuits and they were both held at Legends Rugby Club.

Having defeated Buffaloes in the Rujumba Sevens that were hosted by Pirates in the third week, Heathens crowned their season with a 26-7 win over Kobs in the final of the Kitaka Memorial Sevens.

The win, however, was not enough for Muhammad Athiyo’s charges to win the overall title as they remained a point behind their rivals.

Buffaloes fall short

Buffaloes celebrate Gulu 7s triumph

Buffaloes played and lost the first three finals of the season as they fell to Kobs at Kyadondo and in Jinja before losing to Heathens in the third leg at Legends.

Edgar Lemerigar’s charges finally converted finals into silverware as they defeated Heathens 12-7 to win the Gulu Sevens at Gulu High School in the fourth leg.

The 22 points collected from Gulu were enough for Buffaloes to return to Kampala with a 7-point advantage over Kobs and 4 ahead of Heathens.

With two legs left then, it looked like Buffaloes would do just enough to run away with the championship ahead of both Kobs and Heathens.

The Makerere Sevens marked the start of Buffaloes’ downfall as Lemerigar’s charges failed to make it past the quarterfinal stage.

Kobs went on to make the finals and regain leadership of the log to go into the final circuit with a 2-point advantage.

Buffaloes then fell to Heathens in the semifinal of the Kitaka sevens while Kobs defeated Rhinos 27-7 in the other semi to confirm their title defence.

Heathens also leapfrogged Buffaloes to finish second.

National team players

[/media-credit] Kobs’ Joseph Aredo Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

After the Jinja Sevens, national team players were called up to start preparations for the Africa Sevens Championship and this left some teams depleted.

Eventual winners Kobs lost five of their seven starters while Buffaloes lost four.

From then, Kobs failed to win another circuit and only managed two finals which were enough for them to retain the title.

Beer ref

The Makerere sevens circuit produced surprises both on and off the field of play.  Mongers shocked Kobs to win the circuit while referee Peter Ochol related well with title sponsors Guinness by sending a cold one down his throat before officiating a game.

Ochol, commonly known as Sky, was barred from officiating the final circuit as the Rugby Union look into the matter.

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