The Platinum Credit Heathens showcased their prowess, defeating KCB Kobs 30-23 in a gripping Nile Special Uganda Cup semi-final clash at Legends Rugby Ground. This emphatic win solidifies Heathens’ position in the final for the second consecutive year.
Despite an early 10-0 lead by Kobs, Heathens orchestrated a remarkable comeback in the first half. Two penalties by Malcom Okello, followed by a try from Innocent Gwokto, allowed the hosts to claim an 11-10 halftime lead.
In the second half, KCB Kobs intensified their efforts, but the determined Heathens, eager to defend their title, demonstrated resilience. Malcom Okello’s four additional penalties, coupled with a try from Michael Wokorach, secured a final score of 30-23.
Kobs, represented by Alhaji Manano, Josaih Sempeke, and Justin Kimono, managed to contribute with penalties, conversions, and a try in the second half. However, their efforts fell short against the defending champions.
Heathens’ team skipper, Michael Wokorach, expressed satisfaction with the team’s performance, acknowledging the tough nature of the game. Wokorach conveyed their commitment to returning to the drawing board for thorough preparation, emphasizing their primary goal of successfully defending the title.
Originally scheduled at Kyadondo, the venue was shifted to Legends Rugby Ground due to poor pitch conditions. Heathens will now face Lifeguard Rams in the Uganda Cup final, with Rams earning their spot after a hard-fought victory over Plascon Mongers in Entebbe, ending 26-19.
The Rams’ journey to the final was marked by a tightly contested semi-final, concluding both normal and extra time at 16-16 and 19-19, respectively. The eventual decision came down to the toss of a coin, resulting in the Rams securing their place in the final.
As Heathens gear up for the championship clash, the stage is set for an exciting final, likely to be hosted at Makerere. The anticipation builds as both teams aim to etch their names in Uganda Cup history.