Kobs players before the game Credit: Kratos Sports
  • Black Pirates 14-21 Betway Kobs
[/media-credit] Kobs are 2018 Uganda Cup winners Credit: Kratos Sports

Betway Kobs claimed their seventh Uganda Cup after coming from down to beat Black Pirates on Saturday at Legends Rugby Grounds.

However, it was Pirates who started on the front foot forcing Kobs into conceding quick penalties in succession. Joel Anguyo who was returning to the team missed the first from nearly the center but slotted through the second to give the Sea Robbers an early 03-00 lead. Anguyo would later slot in another for a 06-00 lead.

Kobs were forced into early substitution with Robert Byabashaija replacing injured Faragi Odugo, as the side continued to figure out of the hole.

Halfway the opening half Pirates skipper Ivan Magomu knocked, he however kicked the ball away and was sent to the sin bin as a result. Kobs chose to go for their first points, but Ivan Kirabo whose kicking has been appalling missed. The halfback would then miss another opportunity to put points on the board with his second penaly turning out way short.

As the half hour mark approached, Pirates were penalized for illegal entry into the ruck. James Ijongat put up the first points for Kobs.

Anguyo and Ijongat each missed a penalty as the first half ended 06-03 in favour of Pirates.

The Sea Robbers returned in the second half with momentum and Anguyo extended lead to 09-03 with a penalty. Barely 10 minutes into the half, Musa Muwonge forced the ball over the line after several waves of attack by Pirates, Anguyo could not convert.

Fred Mudoola the man in charge of Kobs threw on vets Timothy Mudoola and Victor Wadia and the side camped in Pirates half right away and started started dominating the scrums as well. Pirates defense could not hold, and it was not long before Adnan Mutebi scored Kobs first try at the corner. Kirabo could not convert the try.

With the pressure on, Pirates fullback Timothy Kisiga opted not to clear his line and was forced into making a bad pass that led to a knock. From the scrum, Adrian Kasito scored at the corner and took over the kicking duties putting Kobs in a one-point (15-14) lead with just over 10 minutes to play.

Kasito who was later named man of the match finished of Pirates with a couple of penalties to seal the cup for Kobs. It’s Kobs first Cup since 2012 and their seventh overall.

All Uganda Cup Winners

  • 2018 – Kobs
  • 2017 – Pirates
  • 2016 – Heathens
  • 2015 – Heathens
  • 2014 – Heathens
  • 2013 – Heathens
  • 2012 – Kobs
  • 2011 – Kobs
  • 2010 – Kobs
  • 2009 – Heathens
  • 2008 – Kobs
  • 2007 – Pirates
  • 2006 – Kobs
  • 2005 – Kobs
  • 2004 – Heathens
  • 2003 – Heathens
  • 2002 – Heathens
  • 2001 – Heathens
  • 2000 – Heathens
  • 1999 – Heathens

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

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