Saturday, February 15
*Betway Kobs 55-12 Jinja Hippos
*9 Barrels Warriors 25-36 Plascon Mongers
*Hima Heathens 69-06 Shell Rimula Rhinos
*Mulago Rams 10-17 Makerere Impis
Betway Kobs beat Jinja Hippos 55-12 in a Rugby Premiership game played at Legends on Saturday.
Despite a slow start under hot conditions in a game that started at 2:30PM, Kobs fought back to score nine tries in a strong performance.
Al Hajji Manano was named man of the match after a win that saw Kobs end the first round in second place with 39 wins behind Hima Cement Heathens (43).
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“It was a hard game for us in the start, we started poorly but we later came to the party,” said Manano. “We managed to remain on the ground and it’s something we are going to keep doing and also work hard.”
Kobs captain Brian Asaba also added that they struggled as ‘we played while catching our breath at the start’ in a game that had two water breaks.
Tawfik Bagalana crossed the line to put the first points on board after a well executed run for Hippos.
James Ijongat levelled matters later on before a hat-trick of tries from Ivan Kirabo and two conversions from Josiah Ssempeke handed Kobs a 24-12 lead at halftime.
Faragi Odugo, David Ssemwami, Edgar Sseruwagi, Asaba and Keith Sseruyange gronded the ball while Ssempeke and Ijongat (2) scored the other points from conversions in the second stanza.