After falling at the last hurdle against leaders Betway Kobs during the Henry Rujumba Circuit, Pirates will look to bounce back this weekend at the fourth leg of the Roke Telkom Rugby 7s.
Dubbed the Mileke 7s, this season’s fourth circuit will be hosted by Warriors at Legends after Kyadondo’s Heathens forfeited their opportunity due to the preparations for the upcoming Elgon Cup second leg.
Isaac Rujjumba and Desire Ayera’s tries and subsequent conversions from William Nkore and Ivan Magomu had given Pirates an advantage but Kobs hit back at the last minute to seal their second victory, 15-14.
“Its pretty sad as you can see the mood here. It is heart breaking, we were the better team, we played much better but we were hard done at the last minute,” Magomu said after the loss to Kobs in the finals at Kings Park on June 15.
“It could have gone either way, but the most disappointing aspect is that we were the hosts. We turned over ball and failed to defend, and that happened to be the turning point.”
Magomu who graduated this week, added that his side will have to be very clinical and tight at the back if they are to win upcoming legs.
Pirates had beaten up on Warriors and Hippos in the quarters and Semis respectively, on their way to the home finals.
The side is in group B alongside hosts Warriors, Impis and Walukuba Barbarians.
Pirates who won the inaugural Buddu 7s in Masaka, occupy second place with 60 points, three below leaders Betway Kobs who is expected to be their rival once again at Legends.
Pool A – Kobs, Buffaloes, Mongers, Stallions.
Pool B – Pirates, Warriors, Impis, Walukuba
Pool C – Heathens, Hippos, Rams, Rhinos.
- Kobs – 63
- Pirates – 60
- Heathens – 49
- Buffaloes – 44
- Hippos – 38
- Warriors – 35
- Mongers – 33
- Impis – 23
- Rams – 22
- Rhinos – 22