Kobs drag Pirates back into title race

Tuesday April 13 2021
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Running away with the title? Kobs’ James Ijongat beats and leaves Heathens’ Scot Olouch on his fours on the turf during their clash last weekend. PHOTO/EDDIE CHICCO

By Deus Bugembe

There is already a good feeling about the last day of the season for the first time in a while, thanks to Betway Kobs’ 19-11 win over Heathens in the Nile Special Stout Premiership on Saturday.
The result shook things by giving the Stanbic Black Pirates a lifeline. 
They are back in the title race and know that winning their last four games could give them a second league title four years. 

The last day takes Pirates to Legends to face Kobs, evoking memories of March 8 ,2019, when they had Kobs for dinner, shattering their title dreams to put Heathens at the wheel. 
It will be even a better feeling if they beat them and win the title at their rival’s backyard themselves.
“We know what we have to do because we now have a chance if we win all our games. We are focusing on the next game, every game is independent,” said Pirates captain Ivan Magomu. 
Pirates were 61-6 winners at home against Rhinos, moving from third to second place on 21 points, just three off leaders Kobs. 

Jinja Hippos moved to third after whitewashing Rams 30-0 in Jinja, while Heathens are now fourth after missing out on a losing bonus point. 
The champions are still in but will be counting on results elsewhere after their first loss of the season.
Impis beat Warriors 23-11 for their first win of the season , taking them to eighth position on five points.

Rugby table standings
Team    p    w    d    l    Pf    Pa    BP    pts
1.Kobs    5    5    0    0    218    32     4    24
2.Pirates    5    4    0    1    191    50     5    21
3.Hippos    5    4    0    1    115    27     4    20
4.Heathens    5    4    0    1    171    47     3    19
5.Mongers    5    3    0    2    102    104      1    13
6.Buffaloes    5    2    0    3    44    135     0    8
7.Rhinos    5    2    0    3    53    174     0    8
8.Impis    5    1    0    4    47    164      1    5
9.Rams    5    0    0    5    25    129      1    1
10.Warriors    5    0    0    5    53    157      0    0
*League being played in single leg blitz

Rugby Premier League
SATURDAY RESULTS

Kobs     19-11     Heathens
Pirates     61-6     Rhinos
Impis     23-11     Warriors
Hippos     30-0     Rams
Mongers     26-14     Buffaloes
dbugembe@ug.nationmedia.com

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