Monday February 5 2018

Rugby giants stroll as second half kicks off

Out of reach. Betway Kobs’ Edgar Seruwagi

Out of reach. Betway Kobs’ Edgar Seruwagi (middle) gets the better of Rams center Emmanuel Kibirige on Saturday. Kobs comfortably won 50-5. PHOTO BY JOHN BATANUDDE 

By Deus Bugembe

Kampala.

With all the top four sides still in the Nile Special Rugby Premiership title race mathematically, the quartet put in match winning shifts as Betway Kobs, Hima Cement Heathens, Buzz Pirates and Shell Rimula Rhinos mauled their opponents to kickstart the second round.
After Pirates extending their lead to seven points with a 31-3 win over Impis on Friday despite the game not ending, Kobs reacted with their own victory over Rams to cut the deficit back to two points.
An early Rams try from Richard Lumu unsettled nerves in the Kobs hierachy early on but once they settled, the outcome was inevitable. Man of the match Adrian Kasito got a brace with Arnorld Musoke and Edgar Seruwagi also contributing tries.
“Its about trying to win all our games because each point counts until the end of the season,” Kasito told Daily Monitor.
Rhinos in third place came from behind against Warriors after Owen Kinyera had given the visitors the lead with a try. Rhinos then oiled their machine as Scot Olouch led from the front with two tries while Humphrey Orach, Eric Mula, Jasper Onen and Martial Tchumkam added one each for a 38-18 win.
“We had a slow start but gradually grew into the game,” Rhinos captain Ivan Markmot observed. “The most important thing is we that have got the points and can look forward to the next game,” he added.
At Kyadondo, Heathens blew away Hippos 60-3 to maintain their pursuit up the log. It is now six wins in a row for the champions who host Pirates next week. Cox Muhigwa put his injury woes behind him with a hat-trick with Lawrence Sebuliba, Santos Serungoji, Simon Okwera and Allan Otim joining the scoreboard. At the same venue, Plascon Mongers edged Toyota Buffaloes 10-11 in a thriller that had many on the edge of their seats like it has been in past seasons. The win keeps Mongers close to the leading pack in fifth.

Nile special premiership

Heathens 60-3 Hippos
Buffaloes 10-11 Mongers
Kobs 50-5 Rams
Rhinos 38-18 Warriors
Pirates 31-3 Impis

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