By Ronnie Kintu
Utl Kobs Easter rugby gala
Kobs 20 Pirates 5
Pirates 22 Boks 0
Kobs 23 Heathens 3
ISAAC Lutwama touched down twice as the uganda telecom Kobs survived an early scare to thump G4S Pirates 20-5 in the final of the uganda telecom rugby club Easter festive tournament on Saturday.
The Pirates started with gusto, spreading the ball wide and playing with enthusiasm to overpower the Kobsâ€™ defence line for a Brian Makalama try just four minutes into the game.
Allan Musoke then went on rampage, finding free space and benefiting from a Scotts Olwoch pass for a sensational try. A conversion by Edmond Tumusiime gave the champions a 10-5 lead, with 35 seconds to the end of the first half.
The Kobs then took advantage of every opportunity to dominate the entire second half with the Pirates outfit overly disappointing.
Man-of-match Lutwama needed only six minutes to touch down twice and put the writing clear on the wall ten minutes from the end of the game.
The Piratesâ€™ last-minute assault was dented when Bobby Bibagamba was stretchered off with a twisted neck.
Kobsâ€™ coach Nathan Wasoloâ€™s beaming face told of his pride after the tournament and he had every reason to be proud. His boys evidently displayed great teamwork and courage.
Kobs had earlier dumped MTN Heathens 23-3 in the first semi-final tie that further underlined the strength of the champions.
The Kobs tackled everything, making 48 tackles to 29 in the match that turned one-sided. They contested every breakdown and won the turnovers. They passed and ran with greater fluidity and chased every kick like desperate men, making ordinary things extraordinarily well to the disappointment of the Heathens.
Had it not been for missed opportunities by Musoke, Lutwama and Richard Lumu, Heathens would have received a bigger punch from their bitter rivals.
The day also saw Kobsâ€™ junior side, Boks, measure their strength against star-studded Pirates in the second semi-final.
The Pirates only managed four tries through Brian Jemba, Allan Lule and David Kyambadde to win the tie 22-0.
Action resumes on Saturday with the Kyadondo Women Sevens that will also have some foreign sides that start arriving today.