Joseph Aredo Credit: John Batanudde
  • Kobs 26-21 Heathens
  • Buffaloes 23-10 Rhinos
  • Mongers 14-28 Pirates
  • Hippos 24-25 Warriors
Joseph Aredo put in a man of the match performance as Kobs beat Heathens Credit: John Batanudde

Kobs beat rivals, Heathens, 26-21, at Legends thanks to Joseph 13 points off the boot on Saturday.

While Kobs started the game with a lot of , it was Heathens that got the first opportunity to get on the score board only for Simon Okwera to miss a penalty but a few minutes later, he made amends with his second kick putting the visitors ahead 03-00.

Joseph Aredo who had a near perfect kicking game drew Kobs level with a penalty before Edgar Sseruwagi created separation with the first try of the game.

As Kobs put Heathens on the back foot, Robert Masendi found some room to clear the lines. However, Ronald Musajja restarted with a quick throw to Aredo who ran through fifty yards before finding Ian Munyani who quickly offloaded to Sseruwagi to ground at the corner. Aredo added the twos for a 10-03 lead.

Robert Masendi who had a poor game failed to restart and from a scrum at the centre line, Justin Kimono found room to gain some ground before he was brought down. Heathens got penalized for hands in the ruck and Kobs chose to go for points and kick was short but Michael Wokorach’s handling error gifted Kobs with another possession.

From a scrum at the five, Kobs went out wide to the right but a forward pass from Musajja gave Heathens a chance to clear their lines but the ball landed into hands who brought it right back to find Musajja who was quickly brought down. Davis Kiwalabye quickly collected from the ruck and threaded a pass to James Ijongat for a drop goal.

There was an injury concern fro the hosts with Kimono unable to continue and Adrian Kasito took his place.

Heathens who struggled to cope with Kobs attack gifted Kiwalabye with the easiest of tries. Ian Munyani initiated an attack from his own half dancing through Heathens line before finding Sseruwagi who passed to Conrad Mukwaya but a last-ditch tackle by Wokorach denied the winger. Lack of communication in the lineout gifted Kiwalabye with possession in acres of space and the scrum-half went over the line. Aredo converted for a 20-03 lead at the break.

As the first round meeting at Kyadondo, it was a game of two and the second belonged to Heathens with the of Faisal Gamal and Arthur Mukama.

Heathens first wave of attack earned them a chance for that Okwera took to cut the deficit.

After the restart, Heathens were trapped into offside a few meters from the centre line and skipper Brian Asaba who was receiving medication at the touchline sent instruction through Munyani for his team to go for points. Aredo drilled the penalty to restore the 17-point lead.

Heathens were not fazzed as Cox Muhigwa who had replaced Aziz Khan made an instant impact by grounding from a driving maul. Okwera missed the conversion but the deficit was down to 12.

Kobs made a couple of changes in their forward line with returning Adnan Mutebi and Timothy Mudoola replacing Collins Kimbowa and Victor Wadiya.

Heathens continued to put in the phases and they were eventually rewarded when Kasito was sent to the sin bin for stealing the ball from an offside position. Paul Epilo kicked for touch and from the lineout, Kobs couldn’t hold the maul and Muhigwa scored his second try. Okwera again missed the conversion.

Aredo drilled a long penalty to the delight of the Kobs faithful but there was still time for Heathens to bully out of steam hosts to the try area with the last play of the game.

The win took Kobs three points clear of their rivals with five games to end the season. Kobs still have a tough fixture against defending champions Pirates to negotiate.

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

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