Tempers flare as Kobs scrape to victory over Warriors

  • Kobs 26-03 Warriors
  • Hippos 27-12 Mongers
  • Rams 03-39 Heathens
  • Buffaloes 00-30 Pirates
  • Rhinos 64-05 Walukuba
© Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE Adrian Kasito scored a try for Kobs

Kobs kept the pressure on National Rugby Premiership leaders Heathens with a patchy 26-03 win over Warriors on Saturday.

It was a difficult game for the 2016 champions as they failed to break Warriors line despite applying immense pressure right from kick off.

After forcing their opponents into committing several errors, Kobs opted to start going for points. Ivan Kirabo fluffed the first penalty but found the target with the second to put the first points on the board.

Kobs forwards kept putting in shifts that kept Warriors on the back foot and Justin Kimono powered through as halftime neared. Kirabo converted for 10-00 lead.

Fred Mudoola’s men could have gone in the break with a bigger lead but Jude Juuko dropped the ball in the try area.

Warriors best opportunity of the half fell to Joseph Oyet, but he missed the penalty directly infront of the posts.

At the start of the second half, Nelson Mandela cut Warriors deficit to within a converted try but Josiah Ssempeke slotted in a couple of penalties in succession to give Kobs a 16-03 lead.

With Kobs failing to break Warriors defense at the five, James Ijongat and Davis Kyewalabye were introduced in the game and made the difference.

Warriors had two players in the sin-bin and it created some space for Kobs. A cross kick from Ijongat was recived by Adrian Kasito who touched down before Ijongat’s penalty try iced the game.

“We failed to manage the game in the first half but when Davis and Ijongat came on, they managed to steady the ship,” Kobs captain Brian Asaba said of the game.

The defeat was second in succession for Warriors and drops them to fourth place with Pirates now in third after dispatching Buffaloes 30-00.

Kobs maintain second place, two points behind Heathens who beat MRI Rams 39-03 at the Graveyard in Makerere.

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