Sunday January 21 2018

Kimono honoured as Kobs hit ‘sorry’ Impis

Centurion. Betway Kobs players accorded Kimono

Centurion. Betway Kobs players accorded Kimono (C) a guard of honour before their game against Impis on Friday. PHOtos BY E. CHICCO 

By DEUS BUGEMBE

KAMPALA.

Three weeks ago before Betway Kobs took on Shell Rimula Rhinos, Justin Kimono ran onto the turf ahead of the rest of his teammates.
It was his 100th appearance for the oldest and most successful rugby side club in the country.
Like he has done his entire career, he crossed the white line for the 72nd time making him the legend of the club at 26.
On Friday before Kobs mauled Makerere Impis 90-0 at Legends, Kimono got honoured by the club and sponsors with a plaque for reaching 100 caps having debuted in 2007. While many think he has achieved a lot at club level, the wing sees himself far from attaining the goals he has set to complete at Kobs.
“This is nothing,” Kimono (pic inset) told Sunday Monitor.
“There are many things I would love to do for this club, both on and off pitch.”
Just back from a two-year layoff due to a knee injury that saw him undergo double surgery, Kimono believes he is nowhere to the ‘fine’ player he was two years ago.
“Fitness wise I am like at 70% but with time I will be fully back,” promised the affable player who has also represented Uganda.
Kobs back to winning ways
A week after falling 23-18 to rivals Hima Heathens for their first loss of the Nile Special Rugby Premiership campaign, Kobs had the perfect response when Impis paid them a visit.
The men in blue registered the season’s biggest win so far as Augustine Kasansula, Ian Muyani, Michael Opio and man of the moment Kimono touched down twice apiece.
Stone Luggya, Adrian Kasiito, Fahad Matovu and Collin Kimbowa also added a try apiece as James Ijongat enjoyed his kicking to help Kobs tally 90 on the scoreboard.
“ I am happy with the side and the way we played,” said Kobs captain Brian Asaba.
“We went back to the drawing board and worked on a few things.Hopefully we get a win next week.”
Kobs play Buzz Pirates next weekend in a clash which many think will have a say in where the title heads this season, however early it is.
The win gave Kobs a seven-point margin at the top of the log and they will be hoping it stays like that after rubber against the Sea Robbers.

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