Sevens rugby returns to Kampala Rugby Club (Legends) with this weekend’s Guinness sponsored edition hosted by table leaders, the Black Pirates.
Seeded top are Mbarara 7s and reigning national champions, Betway Kobs who have been put up against stubborn Warriors, Kyadondo based B side Stallions and a select Kyambogo side. Kobs were crowned champions in Mbarara at Kakyeeka after seeing off Rams 21-00 in the main cup final.
Mulago Rams, who powered their way to the final in Mbarara before losing to Kobs are seeded top in Pool B and have been lined up against Kyadondo giants Hima Cement Heathens, Jinja 7s finalists Hippos and a select 7s Academy side. On their way to the final, Heathens were some of the victims of the Rams brute, with the latter disposing of Heathens in the quarter finals of the main cup.
Pool C, the most ruthless on paper, is headlined by Kyadondo side Toyota Buffaloes who are coming up alongside the hosts, Black Pirates. The group is completed by Legends outfit Shell Rimula Rhinos and Entebbe side, Plascon Mongers.
Despite not winning a single circuit in July thus far, Pirates still sit top of the log with 78 points, 7 ahead of Betway Kobs with 3 legs yet to be played. Pirates were majorly depleted in Mbarara but welcome back 7s skipper Isaac Newton Massa, Isaac Rujumba and Raymond Emanzi to their ranks and will hope to compete to the very last end to try and establish a bigger difference between them and the chasing pack. However, they are still without Ivan Magomu and Timothy Kisiga who are with 7s squad in San Francisco for World Cup.
“Whatever they are cooking or eating at Pirates, is really working for them and even though I have some of their boys here with me, I wish them well,” said 7s coach Tolbert Onyango with a little encouragement for the current Premiership champions.
“I have played against the Pirates team in the Buffaloes 7s circuit with the Academy side and I have to say they are a very good team. They can win this year’s series with ease if the opposition does not check them,” said 7s and Kabras Sugar stalwart Phillip Wokoroach as he heaped Praise on Pirates.
Kobs will be without Adrian Kasiito and 15s co-captain Justin Kimono who are both in San Francisco for the Sevens Rugby World Cup, but the Mbarara 7s champions will be glad to welcome back Al Hajj Manano, Cyrus Wathum and Juuko Jude who missed Mbarara having been away in Namibia. Paul Epilo is expected to return for Buffaloes from Namibia as well. Heathens are without skipper Michael Wokorach who is on national duty in San Francisco.
There are four ladies in contention for the 7s crown and they will play among each other with each team set to play three games on the day. The Entebbe Ladies are in a commanding lead but Thunderbirds are tipped to bounce back.
Pirates 7s 21st July 2018
Pool A : Betway Kobs, Warriros, Stallions, Kyambogo
Pool B : Mulago Rams, Hima Cement Heathens, Jinja Hippos, 7s Academy
Pool C : Toyota Buffaloes, Toyota Buffaloes, Plascon Mongers, Shell Rimula Rhinos
Ladies: Entebbe Ladies, Black Pearls, Black Panther, Thunderbirds
- Pirates – 78
- Kobs – 71
- Buffaloes – 61
- Heathens – 56
- Rams – 50
- Warriors – 44
- Mongers – 38
- Rhinos – 34
- Hippos – 34
- 7s Academy – 29
- Stallions – 12
- Barbarians – 7
- Western Titans – 7
- Kyambogo – 0