Brian Asaba: Kobs captain plays down title talk despite win over Heathens

Kobs’ Brian Asaba (with the ball) tracked by Heathens’ Santos Ssenteza (Photo: John Batanudde)

Kobs opened a three-point gap at the top of the National Rugby Premiership following a 26-21 win over second-placed Heathens on Saturday.

Converted tries from Edgar Sseruwagi and Davis Kiwalabye coupled with Jospeh Aredo’s early penalty and James Ijongat’s drop goal gave Kobs a comfortable 20-03 first half lead.

“It was a splendid performance from the lads. We checked all boxes in the first half,” Kobs skipper Brian Asaba said of the performance.

However, Fred Modoola’s men struggled to cope with rampant Heathens in the second half, conceding three tries but were saved by Aredo’s two long penalties.

“We took our feet off the pedal in the second half. There were moments when we had a number our players injured plus the yellow card appeared to hurt us, but nonetheless, we stood strong and got the win.

“Players did well to hang in there under pressure.”

With just five games still to play, Kobs are now in pole position to win the title they last won in 2016 but the flanker has dismissed the title talk saying it is far from over.

“The league is far from over, anything can happen. We have five crucial games to play, so we have a long way to go,” he says.

Kobs will host Mongers on Saturday and Asaba expectes the same motivation and effort from his teammates.

“We have worked hard to weed out complacency this season. As a club, we constantly demand for high output from each individual during the game.”

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