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Mongers win blows rugby national 7s title race open

After the Gulu Sevens, Betway Kobs looked like they were out of the title race having failed to make it past the quarterfinals.

A week later, the Legends side is back in the race after the other two challengers, Toyota Buffaloes and Hima Cement Heathens, failed to make it past the last-eight stage while Kobs lost in the final to collect 19 points.

Mongers provided the surprise of the series by becoming the fourth team to win a circuit in this year’s Guinness National Sevens Championship after claiming the Makerere Sevens on Saturday.

Mongers players celebrate after triumph on Saturday

The Entebbe outfit defeated Kobs 21-15 in the final to blow the title race wide open among the three top sides. With Buffaloes and Heathens failing to make it past the quarterfinals and Kobs finishing second, the run to the title will now be decided on final day.

“Bad day in office, that’s all I can say,” Buffaloes tactician Edgar Lemerigar revealed.

Buffaloes fell 14-28 to Rhinos to bow out in the quarters and Kobs capitalized by finishing second and gathering 19 points.

Winning at Makerere would have given Kobs the lead but the 15-21 loss to Mongers leaves them just a point behind Buffaloes.

Mongers defeated hosts Impis 14-12 and Rhinos 21-5 in the semis while Kobs beat Buzz Pirates 10-7 in the quarterfinal before humbling Rams 15-5 in the semis.

The Makerere Sevens title has continued to elude the big teams having gone to Rams last year. The runner-up position leaves Kobs on 91 points, just a point behind leaders Buffaloes.

Third-placed Heathens, who finished sixth at Makerere, are now on 87 points, five off the pace. With one circuit left on the calendar, Buffaloes, Kobs and Heathens will all fancy their chances in the Kitaka Sevens to be hosted by Kobs this weekend.

After five circuits of the season, Kobs have won two circuits while Buffaloes, Heathens and Mongers have managed one each.

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