While 80 percent of the rugby sphere is unveiling new signings and beefing up their ranks for the 15’s season, Pirates have kept faith in the plethora of young faces that have done the job on so many occasions. Not sure if Timothy Kisiga is well enough for this one but if asked about my opinion, his absence has left a slight lack of flavor to the style of rugby that Pirates play.
The Pirates need to be well aware that Kobs know their strengths and are willing to use them. The men in blue will try and keep it within the structure, use the set pieces to milk penalties, exhaust the Pirates and then release their very experienced backs.
The Pirates response needs to involve a lot of spirited defence to quell the oppositions efforts and when they finally get possession, they need to have as much continuity as possible; a fast non stop game that should be unstructured to a larger extent will do the damage. This will tire the bigger bulkier opposition thus opening doors for their runners to unleash the customary champagne rugby.
On the other hand, the kickers need to come to the party – Conrad Wanyama was good in the semi finals but he did miss a few no brainers. Luckily, he didn’t pay for those errors but such howlers can hurt you real bad in do or die situations.