Inside the Hippos camp : the rejuvenation

19 – 16 was the full time score in favor of the Hippos against the Toyota Buffaloes last weekend – and it was the third straight win for the Jinja side.  At this stage last season, the Hippos had only won one game against the Rams and would then embark on a struggle in a relegation battle towards the end of the season securing only three wins all season.

They have have won as many games so far midway the Nile Special Rugby Premiership 2018 – 2019. The team looks sharp under the guidance of Coach Atibu Saidi who invited Uganda 15’s coach Seguya Robert to develop rugby talent.

I am sure everyone would like to know what changed in the hippos camp in the last few weeks having started the season poorly but managing to find their feet towards the end of round one. An unpward shift in the discipline has set the tone at Damwaters after the arrival of coach Seguya, three training sessions a week has been approved and new rules have been set.

Prior to the training sessions at 5pm,  you can find the different team players already on the ground warming up as they await the training sessions to begin and the coaches arranging the different cones for the drills. “The sessions are more physical than before with tackling drills, hitting drills and other conditioning exercises – all the players seem to love it, we understand that we previously set our stakes so high and now it’s the time to prove it.” said Wako David, ”

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The players are more focused now than before and they work hard every session, hopefully this weekend we will reward the coaches and sponsors with a good show against the Kobs”.

The talent has been evident in this team since they came third in the KCB national sevens tournament and with a touch of Seguya’s trademark training, the team feels unbeatable. In the last couple of weeks, each player has been executing their roles with captain John Echeru leading from the fore – playing a pivotal role scoring twice in their last two encounters.  Glimpses of stars for the future in Etwau Denis and Johnson Bayiga all showing how dangerous they could be on their day.

However the side is still yet to win away from home as the match against Kobs at Legends in Kampala proves to be the greatest test yet to come so far, The kobs have already edged Hippos easily this season at Damwaters, but that doesn’t make it an obvious walkover.

With contribution from Wako David