Rugby weekends excite very many revelers, myself at the top of that list, and there were different things and points this past week that caught my attention and I want to talk about:
1.The league is going to the wire
Looks like we are in for a hot and fiery culmination of the premiership., for the first time in a long time. Betway Kobs and Hima Cement Heathens, the ideal candidates for this year’s trophy are separated by only two points with three games left to play. It was expected to be a near done case after last weekend with many hoping Heathens would have faltered at Mongers, after what the latter took Betway Kobs through. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your alliances, Heathens swept away Mongers with a commanding 40-07 win, and with Kobs winning 38-05 at Kyadondo against Buffaloes, we shall have to wait a little longer for who wants to falter before the last game week at the end of March. Point is, as a rugby fan, one would love to be kept talking til the last kick of the season.
2.Second Half Pirates are rampant
2019, the Stanbic Bank sponsored Black Pirates have been another beast altogether. They seem to have discovered their former selves and are reminding us of the Pirates we all dreaded to come up against last season. They have so far scored the most points in the league (614), three more than Betway Kobs (611) and have conceded 125, only four more than Heathens (121). Their latest victim was fourth placed DusuPay Warriors who they scored 10 tries past.
3.Warriors stayed in 2018
After the turn of the year, it is safe to say we did not come with the DusuPay Warriors. At the end of 2018, they had won 6 games in a row, a feat that had never been achieved before. Fast forward to March 2019 and nine games more, they have lost five of those i.e Heathens, Pirates, Kobs, Mongers and Pirates again. It so happens their last three games will be against Heathens (away), Kobs (home) and Buffaloes (away). They will be visiting Kyadondo twice, a grounds that many teams have found hard to get points from with only Kobs and Pirates managing to get wins (both against Buffaloes).
4. Rooms for firsts
The Schools rugby competition is back and Kratos has brought it too, to the comfort of our devices. I can’t say that enough. Having been a top tier side for three years, a win had evaded Light Academy’s U19 side since rugby’s inception in the school but last weekend, inspired by eighth man Kamukama Kenneth, the new boys came from behind to shock and beat last year’s runners up, Makerere College School 10-05 on home soil in Lweza. This was Light Academy’s second game this year having lost their first encounter to St Mary’s College Kisubi seven days earlier. The “Instanbuls” like they loved to be aliased, have two more games, return legs against SMACK and MACOS, and are buoyed to replicate their win against MACOS and cause more upsets and probably make it all the way.
5. Put some respeck on Rhinos!
The Uganda rugby sphere needs to write apologies to Shell Rimula Rhinos and have them delivered manually rather than over the internet. having been written off this season and nothing being expected of them, the yellow machine dug deep last weekend and won against MRI sponsored Rams, their first win in seven games. The Rhinos could not hide their joy and took to social media platform twitter to find out from partners warriors if they had as well won their game as well – banter! Poking a few talking points from across the dressing rooms.
— Shell Rimula Rhinos (@RimulaRhinos) March 2, 2019