In Summary

After the break, tides changed as Makerere College found themselves on the back foot for most of the play before breaking down to let fullback Emmanuel Kinyera sprint down the left wing to level matters

Kampala.

On a muddy and soggy Kyadondo turf, Namilyango College and Kololo S.S had to do it the hard way on Saturday enroute to piping Makerere College and Kings College Budo respectively to places in the Schools Rugby league.

Namilyango dug deep in the second half after a dismal opening 40 minutes that had seen them fall to an early Collins Isabirye try.

It gave Makerere College confidence, collapsing every attack that came their way and handed the Namilyango faithful a scare as they faced elimination at the semifinal stage for the third season running.

Momentum after recess
After the break, tides changed as Makerere College found themselves on the back foot for most of the play before breaking down to let fullback Emmanuel Kinyera sprint down the left wing to level matters.

From there, Nazzo Kevin added the extras to hand Namilyango a 7-5 lead which they held onto until the end.
“That’s how Namilyango plays; we came back from down against Smack and we did the same today.

“We never give up till the final whistle,” said Namilyango captain Fahad Matovu after the close encounter.
In the other semifinal, Kololo needed a late Mubarak Wandera try to send Budo crashing out at the same stage like they did last year.
Budo did enjoyseveral moments of brilliance from fly half Hans Kakira who kept opening up the Kololo defence.

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