Rugby Premiership: Ssebuliba star of the show as Heathens end Kobs unbeaten run

Heathens 23-18 Kobs

Lawrence Ssebuliba was all Heathens needed to end rivals Kobs unbeaten run at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds on Saturday.

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Joseph Oyet, Heathens

The winger crushed over twice handing Mohammed Athiyo’s side the edge over the Legends’ based side.

Ahead of the fixture, the defending champions were boosted by the return of Captain Michael Wokorach and Cox Muhigwa.

Wokorach endured the show with a bandage strapped around his hand while Muhigwa even switched to number eight later on after recovery from a shoulder injury.

Kobs opened the scores with a penalty that James Ijiongat kicked through successfully.

However, Joseph Oyet showed his opponents how to do it, propelling Heathens top with a try converted by Chris Opa Lubanga.

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Alex Mubiru driving the ball past Kobs players

Ijiongat after 28 minutes narrowed the gap to one point with another penalty as both sides tried to minimize errors.

Kobs were finally relieved with Adrian Kasito’s try into halftime walking off with a narrow 07-11 lead.

Second half unfolded with mouthwatering action as both outfits adopted a sense of urgency with outright intentions of stamping authority.

Opa closed down the gap with one point separating the two following another successful penalty for Heathens.

They continued to pile pressure and the next onslaught had veteran Gamma Faisal pass to racing Cox who in turn offloaded to Ssebuliba.

The powerful maestro raced for about three metres beating a few before diving past the try line in fashion. Lubanga failed to convert but made up for the error with a penalty.

Kobs were so desperate thereafter and Kasiito drew dejected looks from his teammates when he opted to drive instead of passing – then knocking on in the process.

Justin Kimono finally dragged the ball home past the try line following sloppy handling in the middle and Kobs were right back in it.

Ijiongat leveled the scores courtesy of a successful conversion with five minutes left on the clock.

After a series of swift exchanges, Heathens found the winner, Ssebuliba again scoring his second in similar fashion after Wokorach was stopped in the right wing twice.

Lubanga’s conversion miss didn’t really bother Heathens fans as the final whistle meant Kobs’ first loss in the premiership this season.

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