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Betway KOBs Squeeze Past Rams To Maintain Perfect Start

Action between Betway KOBs and Rams at Makerere Graveyard. Bata Images

Saturday, March 27
*Betway KOBs 29-06 Rams
*Heathens 56-03 Impis
*Warriors 09-31 Pirates
*Buffaloes 06-03 Hippos
*Rhinos 30-25 Mongers


Betway KOBs managed to overcome stubborn Rams on Saturday in a Nile Special Stout Rugby Premiership.

The game which was shifted at Makerere Graveyard, saw hosts KOBs extend their 100% start thanks to a hard fought bonus point victory for a side that is yet to concede a try this season.

Rams were admirably determined and unwavering despite their time-wasting tricks but will rue missed penalties as they succumbed to their fourth straight loss.

They drew the first blood when Nelson Mandela kicked the first points of the game to send a sizeable crowd into wild celebrations.

However, Betway KOBs staged an instant response when youngster Karim Arinaitwe protruded through the defence to cross the line.

Consequently, Josiah Ssempeke held his nerves to split the uprights as KOBs turned the tables 07-03.

Emmanuel Ecodu did all the donkey work before finding Mike Otto who crashed over for the KOBs to wrestle their way into ascendency.

Arinaitwe added the extras for the hosts to take a 12-03 lead at the long break.

Rams had missed a penalty before halftime and sent the other wide as well after return.

But the minnows could later make amends thanks to Emmanuel Kibirige’s boot to halve the deficit at 12-06 and revive their hopes.

A sustained spell of KOBs attack saw the visitors suffocate and succumb to a penalty try.

Rams missed their penalty again and later failed to capitalise on KOBs Captain Brian Asaba’s yellow card before the leaders went for power and added another try through an unlikely source, Collins Kimbowa.

A late blitz saw Derrick Tukwasibwe strike the final nail in Rams coffin at Graveyard, but his effort was followed by a poor conversion which marked the day’s last piece of action.

KOBs maintain their nice view atop with 20 points having won four from as many, but this was their weakest scoreline after big-margin wins over Rhinos, Warriors and Buffaloes.

They will face Heathens in what promises to be an early title decider in two weeks time from now.

Elsewhere, Heathens pummeled sorry Impis 56-03 at Kyadondo thanks to a 10-Try performance with Jordan Bongomin and Santos Ssenteza both bagging a brace.

Saturday, April 10
*Hippos Vs Rams
*Mongers Vs Buffaloes
*Pirates Vs Rhinos
*Impis Vs Warriors
*Betway KOBs Vs Heathens


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