They might have left Makerere University rugby ground empty-handed but Jinja Hippos thrilled the crowd every time they took to the ‘graveyard’ at the second leg of the two-day KCB National 7s that climaxed on Sunday.
The Jinja-based side defeated hosts and favourites Makerere Impis 12-7 in the group phase on Saturday.
They however fell to Rams by a similar score margin in the final.
The teenage-oriented side also had the circuit’s MVP in French-born Francois Germaine whose leadership and mercurial displays provided the backbone for the exciting side. “I am flattered to be named MVP,” said the Frenchman. “I have a great young side with me and there is room for improvement in all aspects.”
Back to back
Meanwhile defending champions Protector Heathens sealed back-to-back titles after blowing away a sloppy DMark Kobs side 29-7 in the Main Cup final. Heathens were boosted by the return of Michael Wokorach, Asuman Mugerwa, Jasper Onen and Allan Otim, who had been away in Tunisia on national duty.
But it was starlet Phillip Wokorach, who ran the show once again for the Kyadondo-based side.
The Commonwealth Games-bound star scored a pair of tries in the final after eluding numerous tackles each time.
Mbale will host next weekend’s KCB circuit before it returns to Kampala for the final leg at Legends Rugby Club on July 4.
KCB NATIONAL 7s CIRCUIT - MAKERERE
Heathens 29-7 Kobs
Hippos 7-12 Rams
Impis 12-0 Rhinos