The blue army, bonus point rfc, Kobs , Betway Kobs – call them what you want but one thing remains constant, the men in blue are on fire. Ever since they lost to Heathens at Kyadondo, the gears have changed and the Kampala Old Boys aren’t playing around anymore.
Ruthlessly dispatching of the Rams a fortnight ago followed by a ferocious and hungry performance against Heathens at Legends that was enough to claim victory, it’s clear that only one thing is on their mind – the league title.
Mongers were able to string up a set of wins before falling to the Buffaloes last week in a game they could have won but didn’t – coming into this fixture, a lot of wrongs have to be made right if they are to walk away from Kampala with any points whatsoever.
Both teams are known for having bullish parks which they use very well ; power experience and technique on both sides is bound to set up a mouth watering contest in the front eight. The set pieces and the contact areas will be key to who controls proceedings on the day.
Kobs’ attention to detail sets them a step higher than their guests however – they will surely be smelling blood as they hope to add another scalp to their collection enroute to the final turn of the league. The distribution of James Ijongat has not been praised enough, taking nothing away from the rookie Josiah Ssempeke but the old broom knows all the corners and has swept best. His ability to coordinate the forwards and pick out a long pass to free the backs is a rare attribute in the league that many pundits miss out.
Joseph Aredo has been the song that has been sang all week for his titanic displays in his last outing, whether he comes into this one with the same mentality is key to how Kobs will operate – Coach Fred Mudoola will hope for nothing less from his star man that orchestrates all their counter attacks while keeping the defense calm with his very save hands and dexterity in territory kicking.
Brian Kamanyire on the other hand has been a gem that is slowly being perfected in the Mongers camp. The man possesses a Beauden Barrett killer instinct in his ability to spot the gap and take matters in his own hands even when the game plan isn’t ticking. Such players always keep the defense guessing which is good for an attacking side to avoid predictability. Timothy Luyirika is another man that plays in the halfback and fullback positions for Mongers, the two provide a whole different dynamic for the Entebbe based side who are characteristically known for their impeccable work rate among the forwards but for so long lacked true organisers and unorthodox players such as the duo above; they will definitely keep Kobs busy.
The battle of the boot will also be important especially for Mongers – in this game, Kobs can afford to miss some kicks every now and then because of the sheer power and skill set in every department but Mongers are well aware that if they intend to frustrate Kobs at home then Adrian Wasswa has to be at his best, every opportunity within the Kobs half should tantamount to a shot at goal in order to keep the scoreboard ticking. That is the only way they can quell a very confident and focussed blue machine – dare not miss this one.
Betway Kobs vs Plascon Mongers
4:30 pm – Legends rugby grounds