Despite losing 26-7 to the Heathens in the Edward Kitaka Memorial Sevens finals, the Kobs were still crowned as the 2017 Guinness National Rugby Sevens champions after accumulating enough points during the six-leg circuit.
On the final day of the Sevens, all that Kobs needed to be crowned as winners was to make it to the finals, and they did not disappoint; they beat the Rhinos 27-7 in the semifinals.
On the other hand, the Heathens had a different game plan as they were determined to spoil the party for the Kobs by beating them at their home grounds, Legends Rugby Club.
The Heathens had been unstoppable throughout the day and in the semifinals, they beat the Buffaloes 31-7, and advancing to the finals, the Heathens star players were ready to put up a show, with star Kenneth Okong scoring a hat-trick of tries in the finals to give them a comfortable win over the Kobs.
This year’s Guinness National Rugby Sevens were played over six legs and the teams had a fair share of all them.
The Kobs won the Jinja and Kyadondo legs, while the Heathens won the Legends Leg. The Buffaloes won in Gulu. The Mongers won at Makerere.
Now the focus will be turned on the upcoming Africa Men’s 7s Cup that will take place on October 6 – 7 at Legends Rugby Grounds.
Speaking at the finals, Estella Muzito, the Head of Beers at Uganda Breweries Limited said; “We thank all the players, fans and the Uganda Rugby Union for having made the 2017 Guinness National Rugby Sevens a success. We hope to have an even better experience at the upcoming Rugby Africa 7s Cup in October. We encourage the fans to turnout in large numbers and support the Rugby Cranes.”
Guinness joined the rugby fraternity to help support and build the sport in the country as well as pivot the national sevens team to greater heights. They contributed Shs200 million to the development of the team and sport. Of the contribution, Shs100 million was contributed in cash.