Rugby

Roke 7s: Pirates Defend Coronation Circuit To Reduce Deficit On Top

Note: The Coronation7s are hosted by the Shell Rimula Rhinos. They are held in celebration of the 26th anniversary of Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II. This was the third edition.

Saturday, July 20
*Finals: Stanbic Pirates 38-05 Betway Kobs

Stanbic Black Pirates obliterated Betway Kobs to clinch the Coronation Circuit in the 2019 Roke Telkom Rugby National sevens.

Ivan Magomu, Raymond Emanzi and a hat-trick of tries from Desire Ayera gave the Sea Robbers a deserved victory at Legends ground.

Aaron Jurua’s try proved to be a consolation for Betway Kobs.

Pirates pummeled Rams (39-05) at the quarters before overcoming Jinja Hippos 14-07 at the semis to storm the finals.

Pirates players during a group stage game.courtesy photo

It should be noted that Pirates had won last year’s Coronation Circuit, hosted by Shell Rhinos, when they beat Mongers thanks to tries from Baron Kasozi and Ivan Magomu.

The victory for Pirates comes as revenge against Kobs who had won three of the first four circuits.

This is the first triumph for Pirates at the ongoing 2019 National Roke Sevens since winning the Buddu 7s (second circuit on calendar) in Masaka.

Champions.

Kobs remain on top with 104 points, just three points above Pirates who have moved to 79 with the rest of the chasing pack still far away from sight.

Hippos beat Impis 24-00 to finish third while Buffaloes eased past Mongers 22-05 to settle for fifth place.

With three circuits to go, focus now shifts to Jinja 7s on August 3rd, at Dam Waters.

Selected Results

Quarter Finals
*Kobs 29-05 Heathens
*Pirates 39-05 Rams
*Buffaloes 10-12 Hippos
*Impis 10-00 Mongers

Semis
*Impis 10-25 Kobs
*Pirates 14-07 Jinja Hippos

Finals
*Pirates 38-05 Kobs

Still on the Menu

Saturday 3rd August 2019
*Jinja 7s at Dam Waters

Saturday 17th August 2019
*Mbale 7s in Mbale

Saturday 24th August 2019
*Edward Kitaka Memorial 7s hosted by Betway Kobs at Legends.

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