The 2019 National Sevens title is between two sides and will go down the wire if the opening three legs are anything to go by.

The third stop of the series, Rujumba Sevens, at King’s Park in Bweyogerere confirmed that the battle is between Kobs and Pirates.

Like it was the case during the previous two circuits, both sides eased through their respective groups

Kobs, winners of the opening leg at Kyadondo, edged hosts Pirates, winners of the second leg in Masaka, 15-14, to reclaim the summit of the series standings.

Nobert Okeny crossed twice and Al Hajji Manano scored the other try for Kobs while Isaac Rujjumba and Desire Ayera scored for Pirates.

It was Pirates that went ahead first through Rujumba who slipped through Kobs defense and William Nkore added the twos.

Pius Ogena then benefited from a turnover, took a few strides before finding Okeny who raced to cross the try line but Edgar Sseruwagi could not find the target with his boot.

Manano put Kobs into a halftime lead but after the break, the Sea Robbers pressure was rewarded when Ayera ran through with Magomu converting for a 14-10 lead.

However, as time expired, Okeny ran through for what proved to be the winning try that took Kobs to the top of the standings 63 points, three clear of their rivals.

Don Mugabi Pirates

The series head back to Kyadondo next month on July 6 for Heathens Sevens before crossing over to Legends two weeks later for the Coronation Sevens on July 20 hosted by Rhinos.

All Rujumba Sevens Results

Groups Stage

  • Pirates 45:00 sailors
  • Kobs 26:14 Barbarians
  • Hippos 33:00 Rhinos
  • Heathens 10:05 Impis
  • Pirates 26-00 Warriors
  • Mongers 22-07 Sailors
  • Kobs 22-05 Hippos
  • Rhinos 05-10 Walukuba
  • Heathens 10-05 Buffaloes
  • Rams 17-00 Impis
  • Pirates 26-00 Mongers
  • Warriors 26-07 Sailors
  • Kobs 19-05 Rhinos
  • Hippos 17-10 Walukuba
  • Heathens 29-00 Rams
  • Buffaloes 22-00 Impi

Quarterfinals

  • Pirates 14-00 Warriors 
  • Kobs 45-00 Walukuba 
  • Heathens 24-05 Mongers 
  • Hippos 12-05 Buffaloes

Semifinals

  • Pirates 34-05 Hippos
  • Kobs 12-07 Heathens

Finals

  • Kobs 15-14 Pirates

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