Burning with desire and the need to make amends for defeats in the last two finals, Mwamba routed UTL Kobs 38-7 to reclaim the Makerere 10s title at the ‘graveyard’ yesterday. Champions in 2007, the Kenyan side’s triumph was a relative anti-climax for the annual regional tournament held at the Makerere grounds as Kobs barely showed up when it mattered most.
Humphrey Kayange got Mwamba off the blocks with the opening try only for Timothy Mudoola to reply quickly. Simon Wakabi converted for Kobs to lead 7-5 inside four minutes. That was as good as the 2006 winners could give before the Mwamba barrage took off. “Unlike the last two finals (which ended in defeats to MTN Heathens), we decided to play above the referee and keep our concentration,” wing Collins Injera, the Mwamba skipper, told Daily Monitor.
Further tries from Chris Asego and Louis Kisia, both of which were converted, ensured a 19-7 halftime cushion. Though in muted mood, the expectant partisan crowd was far from giving up the Uganda Cup champions. “This wasn’t the Kobs I know. I think we gave up the fight quite too early,” Kobs skills coach Ronnie Lutakome said. His team folded and must now wait until next year to get a chance to clinch a sixth Makerere 10s diadem.
Injera, Kevin Wambuwa and Paul Oketch added to Kobs’ punishment with second half tries to take the winners’ prize kitty of Sh4m whereas the Ugandans took Sh2m from the event organised by KMG Africa.