The final started with high intensity.
School Rugby Sevens
Namilyango 17 Budo 17 (AET) (1-2) DG
Namilyango 5 MACOS 0
Budo 20 Greenhill 7
Budo defeated Namilyango 2-1 at home on drop goals in the final of the Namilyango Schools Rugby Sevens circuit to send the Anchors to their dorms early in fascinating style.
After Namilyango defeated Makerere College in the semi-finals earlier, they looked set to spoil the party for the defending champions Budo who came from behind to humble Greenhill Academy 20-7 in the semi-final.
The final started with high intensity, with both teams trying hard to best each other and it’s with that go getter attitude that each side scored a try in the first half. The second half saw Namilyango take a seven point lead after they scored a try and a conversion.
With their schoolmates doing their best to heckle and frustrate the outsiders, Budo found a way and they scored a last minute try to send the match to overtime with both teams even at 12-12.
Namilyango reacted quickest to score the first try in the first three minutes of extra time and held that lead until the final second in the match when Budo’s Robert Nabulere sneaked through to score a well-placed try. For many at the ground that was an easy put away, this would have given the ‘kings’ the win at the death.
Budo’s Solomon Banawa stepped up for the task and the central location was as easy as they come but believe it or not he missed!
Their go to man fluffed his lines sending the crowds at College into raptures. The teams had to go in for drop goals which saw Budo emerge as 2-1 winners after Banawa got his redemption as he and Nabulere tacked their penalties away.
At the end of it all Namilyango College were left to rue their missed chances but even their coach Kenneth Mukama was in agreement with Budo’s resilience.
“We had ups and downs in the match but coming in second place is not good. Budo were very resilient and that trait came through for them on the day,” Namilyango College coach Kenneth Mukama.
The target for Budo is to win the coronation leg which will set them on the way to defending their title.