The briefest of club competitions on the local scene comes to an epic climax. Three rounds of intense knockout rugby with both teams getting tested on all fronts. Looking at all possible cards on the table, here is how the Kobs can tame the Pirates;
Kobs have been on a shopping spree like it was the festive season – arguably Uganda’s proudest side , the blue Army probably still get haunted by last season’s below par standards thus pulling out of the black cards to replenish and reinforce.
Kobs at the moment are looking good; leave alone the new kit but even the skills and grit to get victory is on show. Their mettle has been tested this Uganda cup by the stubbornest of sides in Heathens and Mongers but were able to stand their ground. If Kobs were a woman, she would be blessed with balanced proportionality – possessing fire power both in the back line and the forwards; what they have at their disposal is a coach’s dream.
However, to win against the Pirates , Kobs have to put emphasis among their forwards – the Kobs front 8 are bigger, meaner and more organised. The blue army has to win this game the old skool way or should I say the northern hemisphere way. Key characters to this party are Ronald Musajja ( who really reminds me of Nathan Hughes when he actually decides to play) amassing over 15 carries in the semi final, Brian Asaba who has taken time off his love for tackling to be the forwards’ “fly half” slotting into the pivot role with great understanding, Kimbowa will need to put in a big shift in the absence of the mercurial Brian Odongo, Pius Ogena, assuming he has healed from last weekend’s injury, will be key in both ball carrying and the defensive play to shut out the free flowing Pirates and lastly, Robert Aziku at the lineout will give the half backs the freedom to find touch without worry and the forwards an opportunity to score from the trademark Kobs maul.
On another note, the experiment of Ivan Kirabo at fly half is something that shouldn’t be their first alternative, James Ijongat didn’t look his usual self at the wing and needs to return to first five eighth with Joseph Aredo slotting back in his natural full back position offering more of a fielding impact not to mention he possesses “a well educated” boot.
Disable the Pirates ability to have continuity and you have yourself a ball game.