Heathens win 8th Uganda Cup

Nile Special Uganda Cup final

Heathens 17 Kobs 7

Heathens ended Kobs’ three-year dominance of the Uganda Cup with a well deserved victory in the final at Kyadondo Club on Saturday.

By half time, the home side bankrolled by telecom giants MTN Uganda was 7-0 ahead of DMark Kobs and Benon Kizza’s planetary second half performance was enough to ensure his side triumphed over Kobs by 17-7.

Heathens center Wokorach (R) tries to evade a tackle from Kobs’ Andrew Barasa (C) and Norman Luwum (L) during Nile Special Super 8 Rugby League rubber earlier this season. PHOTO: Courtesy
Heathens center Wokorach (R) tries to evade a tackle from Kobs’ Andrew Barasa (C) and Norman Luwum (L) during Nile Special Super 8 Rugby League rubber earlier this season. He spurred his side to a record 8th Uganda Cup trophy  PHOTO: Courtesy

Kiiza had converted to make it 7-0 by half-time and kicked in the conversion to make it 14-0 after restart before his penalty midway the second half stretched the margin to 17-0.

Kobs’ consolation came with a penalty try after a bad tackle on Justin Kimono.

Heathens Romano Ogwal and Kobs’ James Kimono sin binned while Heathens captain Michael Wokorach was man-of-the match.

“Three years without that trophy was enough to make us want it more than them,” Heathens coach Brian Tabaruka told RED Pepper Online after the win.

This was a highly billed final even after Uganda Rugby Union (URU) altered the format for this event, growing it from eight to 16 teams, it’s these two, as expected, who end up fighting for another crown.

Both came through the semifinals despite lots to ponder. Heathens squandered 21 points as their kicking remained chronic like it’s been recently while beating G4S Pirates 28-10.

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