11 games down the road and there is still no stain on the Hima cement Heathens record – the men in green have not been beaten since the league commenced and they enter a period that is arguably the most crucial in their campaign this season. Facing two teams that are in the title race in back to back weekends and being fully aware that these games will either make or break their challenge.
First off this weekend, they host the Stanbic Black Pirates who seem to have rediscovered themselves and are sending even bigger shock waves throughout rugby circles than they did last season. An 80 plus drubbing of the Walukuba Barbarians and last weekend’s 61-00 humbling of the Shell Rimula Rhinos.
The Pirates hope to carry the same form into this game keeping in mind that a visit to Kyadondo is never an easy one and the record stands in favor of their opponents. The chances of being without their sevens internationals couldn’t have come at a worse time as they face a well drilled and efficient team – losing 5 or 6 of your star players isn’t something you would like to hear if you are in the Pirates camp.
Isaac Massa, Timothy Kisiga, Haruna Muhammad, Desire Ayera, William Nkore are just a few of the names that might miss the big clash unless protocol is to change prior to the day. Michael Wokorach would be the only loss to the Heathens if the rule is set on sevens players to sit out which ultimately means that the green machine will have the upper hand. But then again, the game isn’t played on paper.
Whether Coach Bobby Musinguzi and the Sea Robbers have learnt from their short comings is another aspect that many want to see – the Pirates were utterly bullied at the set piece the last time these two teams met and how they respond to that will be key to the final score on the day.
It’s highly unlikely for the Heathens to change their game plan this weekend, a style that has worked for them and one that gave the Pirates their first loss of the league. Pirates will surely know what’s coming but it is one thing to know but another to have the answers altogether.
This game is the pick of the week and the place to be is Kyadondo.
Kyadondo Rugby club – 4.30 pm