The Mongers winning streak was put to a halt last Saturday at Kyadondo by the Buffaloes along with some forgettable scenes on the bench with internal scuffles between a player and TM, clearly showing how the Mongers had lost the plot against a ruthless Toyota Buffaloes. This weekend, they are back at their home ground hosting a Pirates team that is still licking wounds from an encounter many thought they should have won against the Heathens.
Both teams are coming off a loss and they will be searching for redemption – Mongers will want to inflict more pain on Pirates as they aim to consolidate mid table status while the Pirates are looking to get back to winning ways with a slight chance at the title which depends on their rivals performances as well.
Pirates visit a pitch that doesn’t favour their kind of rugby – something that plays in the hands of the Mongers who will want to add stress on the defending champions – Wandicho’s Mongers side have employed a wealth of experience in the forwards through the ever green Olweny Andrew and his partner in crime Ronald Adigas leading the charge however they have always opted for younger players in the back line which has perplexed many – last Saturday when Simon Wakabi came on, he was the true definition of old is gold and why the management doesn’t start the veteran is still an enigma to many of our panelists as well.
Ivan Magomu and many Pirates players felt hard done by the referees but will have to let bygones be exactly that, a new challenge presents itself in the form of a stubborn Mongers side whom they need to milk a bonus point out of in order to keep tabs with the top two while ensuring that Warriors who are chasing them don’t get too close to envision sneaking past them for third place. The season isn’t over and a lot is still there to be played for; such as national team selection and a distant but hopeful title challenge which makes Pirates a very dangerous side to face at the moment – everything is possible in sport.
Last week showed that the Sea Robbers added a set piece game to their many tricks which is a plus however they still have to do some polishing on the line out which was woeful in the second half especially when they are travelling to face a side that enjoys the set piece (line out and scrums).
Plascon Mongers vs Stanbic Pirates – 4pm