When the schools league finals were played earlier this year, Kings College Budo appeared to be chasing shadows. They were bullied by a much favoured Namilyango College side, and they lost the game22:00. Fast forward to the past weekend on Sunday and you will see an interesting turn of events. Budo sat atop the overall school’s sevens log with 104 total points, 4 ahead of nemesis Namilyango College, and without doubt, the winners of the 2017 Schools Rugby 7s championship, a title that was interestingly in the hands of-you guessed right; Namilyango.

These could easily have been the most hotly contested 7s series in a while. By close of bsiness on Sunday, both Ngo and Budo were tied at two trophies each. Either school had won their home circuit, with Budo adding one at London College of St Lawrence Cremland Campus (Cremaland Circuit) while Ngo carried home the final circuit trophy at Kyadondo. Budo rightfully won by points, edging the fumblers who were to blame for their poor performance at Budo that saw them fail to progress from the group stages.

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Budo in action during the 15s tournament in March. They are this year’s 7s kings

After a year of trial and team motivation, coaches Dennis Etuket and Daniel Canowira seem to have got it right. During the National Schools Games, Budo fielded a squad with 8 out the 15 starters making senior team debuts against Ntare School. The result was a 24-00 drubbing by Ntare and many were quick to ‘kill’ Budo rugby. The experience gained was the unnoticed catch however, as most of those young players featured for Budo this 7s season, and they delivered the trophy for the first time in Budo history.

Winning the first ever 7s championship is a testimony of what hardwork and determination can bring you” an elated coach Etuket told Grip rugby. “We hope to use it as a stepping stone for to further success in the future” he added.

With the crop of young players on board, it is clear that a successful future is very possible.

It was a great moment of nostalgia for coaches Etuket and Canowira. The latter savoured in the joy of winning the trophy for the school he captained in 2007, one of the strongest Budo years on record. The latter had his own share of joy

I have now won the 7s both as a player and a coach” a beaming Etuket mentioned.

Also noteworthy were Vienna College-Namugongo who were earmarked as the championship’s most consistent side, and Watoto Church that featured in their first ever major rugby challenge.

The awards ceremony will be on this Saturday 22nd July 2017 at Legends Rugby Grounds before Uganda takes on Namibia in the Africa Gold Cup Rugby tournament. Many congs Budo. May the Lion roar!

 

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