Kampala. Betway Kobs enhanced their chances of winning a first league title since 2016 with a taxing 21-26 win over fellow contenders, Hima Heathens, in a top of the table clash on Saturday at Legends Rugby Club.
The win takes Kobs to 59 points, three more than Heathens in second place at 56.
The 2017 champions headed for Legends unbeaten having won all 12 games but in the end, they had tasted defeat for the first time this campaign.
In a tie of two halves, a familiar game of where each side elects to star in particular half and slumber in the other. Like it was in the first leg, Kobs got off better, enjoying a massive 17 point lead at the breather as they lead 20-3 with tries from Edgar Seruwagi and Davis Kiwalabye. Joseph Aredo converted on both occasions but Heathens would attempt a futile comeback with a rare hat-trick from Cox Muhigwa and a Simon Okwera penalty, to outscore Kobs 18-6 in the second half which had Aredo add two penalties.
Aredo complemented his 10 points, achieving a success rate of seventy five percent from the boot with a five-star display at the back. His place kicking, fielding and running summed up his man of the match performance. Captain Brian Asaba called the performance a classic team effort that saw them edge closer to the Holy Grail.
“We utilized our first half chances and got the most important thing which was the win. We are happy with it and already thinking about out next games. It’s still a long way and we are focused,” he said. Kobs play Mongers and Buffaloes next before Pirates visit in what could be their last hurdle to the finish line.
Heathens coach Mohammed Athiyo had no words to explain how his side had let Kobs do the playing in the first forty. “We played like only 10 minutes of the first half and let Kobs dominate and by the time tried to force our way back into the game, it was late,” he told Daily Monitor.
He although remains defiant that the race is still on.
Kobs 26- 21 Heathens
Buffaloes 23-10 Rhinos
Hippos 24-25 Warriors
Mongers 12-28 Pirates
Rams 48-3 Barbarians