TYPICAL hardcore rugby is what it was at Kampala Rugby Club yesterday. The clash between Pirates and Kobs without doubt surpassed its billing. Kobs eighth man Steven Ogwete, who was voted man-of-the match, was a perfect symbol of the tough encounter.
Asked how the match was, Ogwete summed it up saying, "I am out injured. That's how it was. I have never lost to Pirates and that's what drove me to perform."
With ice wrapped around his leg, Ogwete limped off the pitch to join Kobs fans and players to celebrate the hard earned victory.
Like Ogwete, many players from either side were left nursing knocks in the clash characterised by hard tackles. The players were urged on by cheering spectators from start to finish.
Kobs failed to get the desired bonus point but should be happy with the win having held off sustained pressure from Pirates in the last 15 minutes.
Ogwete anchored Kobs with two first half tries from a maul and Lawrence Wakabi chipped in a penalty to give their side a 13-3 halftime lead.
On resumption, Pirates upped their game which paid off with a Denis Etuket try which was converted by Anthony Kinene to close the gap to 10-13.
Wakabi replied with a penalty to stretch their lead to 16-10 before Pirates' Timothy Ddumba responded with a try which was converted by Kinene for Pirates to grab the lead at 17-16.
Three minutes later, Kobs' veteran Tony Luggya, in a brilliant show of muscle and pace, scrapped through on the right flank to touch down. The effort helped the side to restore the lead at 21-17.
Pirates took the game to Kobs, pinning them in their half for the last 10 minutes of the tense encounter that the losers could have won if they had elected to kick their four penalties.
Without a bonus points, Kobs (24 points), slide one point behind champions Heathens who beat Mongers.
Pirates 17 Kobs 21
M'gers 6 H'thens 26
Buffaloes 25 Nile 5
Rhinos 29 Impis 5