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Heathens gracious in defeat to KobsPublish Date: Feb 11, 2014
Heathens gracious in defeat to Kobs
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Heathens skipper Michael Wokorach heaped praise on rivals Kobs. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo
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By Douglas Mazune 

KOBS flavoured their first Nile Special Premier Rugby League title with the Lion’s Cup success, drawing compliments from the most unlikely of sources last weekend. 

The new champions who beat MTN Heathens in the first round at Legends Club, followed it up with a hard fought 14-13 win over the Kyadondo side on Saturday to wrap up the Lions Cup - a side contest between the two traditional giants within the league. 

With the Lions Cup also gone, Heathens captain Michael Wokorach whose side had won the league five consecutive times was gracious in defeat. 

“Kobs had a better game in the first half. We changed the game in the second half and took the lead but they fought back and won,” Wokorach stated in a post-match interview. 

In great show of sportsmanship a day later, Wokorach posted a congratulatory message on the Kobs’ facebook page. 

“No love lost. Congratulations gentlemen and thanks for the great game yesterday,” Wokorach posted a message which was liked by 56 fans and fellow players who acknowledged his show of maturity and sportsmanship. 

How Kobs sealed the Lions Cup 

Unfazed by the Kyadondo crowd, Kobs were in ‘attack mode’ right from the first whistle, taking charge of game which paid off with a penalty taken by Joseph Aredo.

Then Ronald Musajja scored a try for Kobs to take an 8-0 lead inside 10 minutes. Heathens’ Phillip Wokorach replied with two successive penalties for the hosts to cut down the deficit to 8-6 by halftime. 

After recess Arendo, who was eventually named man-of-the-match, stretched the lead to 11-6 with another penalty. With less than 10 minutes to the end Heathens turned tables when Assuman Mugerwa made a try and Wokorach followed it up with a conversion for a 13-11 lead which brought the Kyadondo crowd back to life.

Kobs then pressed and consequently got a penalty which Aredo shot in to take a 14-13 which the clung on to the end. 

Kobs take on Buffaloes this weekend in their last game of league aiming to win all their games.

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