Betway Kobs Crowned Uganda Rugby Premier League Champions

Uganda Rugby Premier League side Betway Kobs have been crowned champions after nine grueling rounds. Kobs beat second-placed Stanbic Black Pirates 15-05 in a muddy Legends pitch to win their first title in five years.

Betway Kobs needed only a point to cap off a stellar season and secure their first in five years and thirteenth overall. Today’s opponents Stanbic Black Pirates were also in with a chance as were former champions Heathens.

Kobs were first on the scoreboard, signaling their intent with a converted try in the first half. However, Pirates’ Haruna Mohammed cut the deficit to just two points before Kobs added a penalty in the tail-end of the half.

The second half was mostly barren, Pirates making things difficult for themselves and Kobs missing golden chances to put the game to bed. In the 74th minute, however, Kobs’ stars aligned and from a pushover scrum, they went over for an unconverted try.

Things ended 15-5 to see Betway Kobs crowned Champions in a season they have been unplayable. Apart from a glittering trophy, the Betway Kobs go home UGX 10 000 000 richer.

An elated Kobs Captain, Asaba Brian attributed their win to the mentality and the attitude they started the season with. “We looked at our last season and discovered there were a number of things we missed on both attack and defense and after correcting them, we have gone unbeaten.”

He also added, “We have come a long way, we’ve worked so hard and have been disappointed in a couple of seasons, but the moment has come. We have finally won it.”

In other closing day fixtures, former Champions Heathens thrashed Rhinos 45-10 in an early kickoff at the Kyadondo rugby grounds to  go first albeit temporarily while a much improved Jinja Hippos ended their season with a 25-11 home win over Plascon Mongers.

The Rams lost 0-6 to Impis in Makerere. The final table sees Betway Kobs on top of the table, with Heathens and Black Pirates following in second and third respectively. Jinja Hippos are fourth.

Due to the novel Coronavirus, Uganda rugby was forced to organize a compressed season without fans attending matches. The closing round however saw fans allowed back into the grounds.

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