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Uganda Cup : Ssempeke inspires Kobs to revenge against Black Pirates


In a captivating rematch, KCB Kobs managed to overturn the tables and exact their revenge on the reigning league champions, the Stanbic Black Pirates, securing a thrilling victory in the Rugby Uganda Cup.

The historic encounter marked a significant turnaround for Kobs, who had suffered a defeat to the Pirates during the deciding match of the league on 15th May 2023, succumbing to a disappointing 23-07 loss.

At that time, despite being the favorites, Kobs faced immense pressure and faltered, allowing the Pirates to claim the league title.

However, during the quarter-final clash at Legends Rugby Grounds, Kobs exhibited remarkable resilience, clinching a hard-fought victory over the Pirates.

Josiah Ssempeke emerged as the hero for Kobs, sealing their win through a decisive play, showcasing exceptional teamwork and skill.

Josiah Ssempeke taking a penalty.

Ssempeke pulling off a masterclass try.

Although the Pirates took an early lead with a penalty conversion by Ivan Magomu, their inability to maintain the advantage allowed Kobs to turn the tide in their favor.

Kobs clinched a narrow 16-13 win, securing their place in the semi-finals, where they are set to face the formidable Heathens in a highly anticipated showdown next weekend.

Meanwhile, the Heathens demonstrated their supremacy in a commanding display against the Jinja Hippos at the Grave Yard.

Despite the game’s relocation from Kyadondo to Makerere due to poor outfield conditions, Chris Lubanga’s early penalty try set the tone for the Heathens’ dominance.

Holding a 22-10 lead at halftime, the Heathens continued their relentless pursuit, securing a 32-23 victory to book their spot in the semi-finals.

In the fiercely contested Makerere derby, a closely fought first half saw both teams locked at 8 all.

The Rams eventually emerged victorious with a hard-earned 19-11 win over the Impis, signaling their determination to redeem themselves, especially after being relegated from the league.

They now look forward to a showdown against Mongers Rugby Club in the upcoming semi-final clash.


Mongers, on the other hand, showcased their prowess with a comprehensive 22-9 triumph over Kampala’s Eagles at Kitante Hill, propelling them into the semi-finals and setting the stage for an intense battle against the Rams.

As the Rugby Uganda Cup progresses, the semi-final matchups promise intense action and fierce competition as these formidable teams vie for a shot at the championship title, setting the stage for thrilling encounters ahead.

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