Going into the fifth circuit of the National Roke Rugby Sevens Series, Black Pirates needed nothing short of victory to stay in contention for the title.
With their rivals, Kobs having won three of the first four circuits and having a six-point cushion, Pirates needed to win the Coronation Sevens on Saturday.
This year’s series is a two-horse race and it was certain that at sunset, Legends Rugby Club would witness another Kobs-Pirates final in two weeks.
Right from the first kick of the game, Pirates were in a do-or-die mode and ran in four tries, converting three in the opening seven minutes.
“It was a must-win for us. We needed to stay in it,” Pirates captain Ivan Magomu said in the aftermath.
Raymond Emanzi crossed first with Magomu adding the extras before running in his own try that was converted by Muhammad Haruna. Desire Ayera followed with a couple of tries one of which was converted by Haruna as the Sea Robbers took a 26-00 lead into the halftime break.
Aaron Jurua put Kobs on board at the start of the second quarter but Ayera out the game out of reach for the series leaders and sealed a comfortable 38-05 win.
“The win now gives us a big boost to win the remaining circuits. Some people had already counted us off but we are back in it,” Magomu added.
Coronation Sevens Selected Results
- Kobs 29-05 Heathens
- Pirates 39-05 Rams
- Buffaloes 10-12 Hippos
- Impis 10-00 Mongers
- Impis 10-25 Kobs
- Pirates 14-07 Jinja Hippos
- Pirates 38-05 Kobs