Betway KOBs Remain Positive Despite Missing Bonus Point In Jinja

Action between Betway KOBs (blue) and Jinja Hippos AF Dam Waters. (Tendo Rachael photo)

Saturday, April 18
*Rhinos 19-20 Impis
*Hippos 03-12 Betway KOBs
*Buffaloes 10-12 Pirates
*Heathens 41-00 Warriors
*Rams 03-08 Mongers

Betway KOBs laboured to a 12-03 victory against a resolute Jinja Hippos side on matchday six of the Nile Stout Rugby Premier league.

Consequently, KOBs couldn’t earn a bonus point after managing just two tries on a difficult outing.

Brian Ochan scored the opening try before James Ijongat missed the extras for KOBs to take a slender 05-00 lead at the break.

Adrian Kasito’s cross kick was later grounded by James Odongo, while Josiah Ssempeke split the uprights for the subsequent conversion for the visitors to get a breather.

Hippos star player Maxwell Ebonga scored a penalty to cut the lead before referee Saudah Adiru ended an epic affair.

“It was a hard game, we came short in the short pieces, our dominant scrum and lineout didn’t yield this time round and we failed to adjust accordingly,” said Betway KOBs captain Brian Asaba after the game.

“We took the few chances we got, but its been a tough game, we expected them to come hard, and they gave us a good run for the money.

“We look at how we can clean up and make amends for what happened today.”

This is the sixth win from as many games for KOBs who came into this encounter on the back of a hard fought win against rivals Heathens.

Against Hippos, KOBs lost Al Haji Manano to an injury and he is expected to miss out on the subsequent games.

Kasito who was named man of the match, briefly commented: “We just had to stick to our game plan, somehow things didn’t come through so we failed to get the bonus point, but we are happy to get the win.”

“I think we lost too many balls in contact, we let the Hippos team play and it became too hard for us. We will just pick up from there moving on to the next games.”

On title chances, he added: “Its still a tricky one, I guess we just have to win our next games and win the league.”

KOBs, top of the log with 28 points, visit Mongers next Saturday in Entebbe.

Pirates, second with 25 points, squeezed through past Toyota Buffaloes thanks to tries from Ivan Kabagambe and Ivan Magomu while Conrad Mukwaya contributed one conversion.



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