James Ijongat Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] James Ijongat (R) and the Kobs are out of the title race Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Kobs’ fading title hopes were dealt the final blow when the 2016 National Rugby Premiership champions lost to Mongers 24-22 on Saturday for a second defeat in a row.

Kobs, now 10 points behind championship-leading Legends rivals Black Pirates, went into the game on the back of a 13-3 defeat to Rimula Rhinos and their start to the game did not help.

Conceding two penalties and a try by Adrian Wasswa put them behind 11-03 in the first forty minutes of the game.

After the break, Timothy Luyirika extended Mongers lead with a drop goal before Ian Munyani cut the deficit with Kobs first try.

Returning James Ijongat made a try that was converted by Adrian Kasiito to put the home side in the lead, 15-14. Kasiito then touched down with Ijongat adding extras for a 22-14 lead and Kobs seemingly gained control on the game.

But it was not to be as Wasswa cut Mongers deficit with a penalty before Kobs were reduced to 13 men with Munyani being sin-binned for a high tackle and Brian Asaba for kicking.

Mongers made full use of the numbers advantage and crossed the try line again courtesy of Daniel Lodu.

With Heathens and Pirates still to come, it gets no tougher for Kobs.

All Match Week 15 Results

  • Rhinos 27-21 Buffaloes
  • Kobs 22-24 Mongers
  • Rams 20-10 Hippos
  • Pirates 50-06 Warriors
  • Heathens 25-10 Impis

Remaining Fixtures for the Top 3

Pirates

  • March 17: vs. Rhinos
  • March 24: vs. Hippos
  • March 31: vs. Kobs

Rhinos

  • March 17: vs. Pirates
  • March 24: vs. Rams
  • March 31: vs. Hippos

Kobs

  • March 16: vs. Heathens
  • March 24: vs. Impis
  • March 31: vs. Pirates

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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