The Stanbic Pirates can’t do any wrong at this point, exhibiting the kind of rugby that we have come to expect from them and getting the results to march their performances. One can only wonder what could have been if the Sea robbers had this kind of form earlier on in the season – a time when they slumped to losses against the close rivals; Kobs and Heathens. But anyway, like the saying goes, “if wishes were horses then beggars would ride” so let’s leave that to beggars.
This week, it’s a battle between 3rd and 4th as the DusuPay Warriors make their first appearance at Kings Park, a venue that Pirates have made a fortress bar that one loss to the Betway Kobs. Warriors go into this weekend well aware that it was the Pirates that ended their 6 game winning streak and the manner in which it was halted was gruesome.
Ever since that brutal loss to the Pirates, things haven’t been the same ever since – two things will definitely linger on the minds of those in the Warriors camp; cutting the gap between the two teams and vengeance for what was a classic whitewash in the first round.
Pirates at this point find themselves in an enigmatic situation where it’s hard for them to catch the top two and hard to slump in position as well, putting them in a state of buoyancy in which motivation can be hard to derive as they see off the league. Credit to coach Bobby and his captain Ivan Magomu who have somehow managed to keep the boys charged, churning out incredible performances after incredible performance.
The DusuPay Warriors had to win it late last week against the Rams, the game was 10 all for quite a while before some individual brilliance from Joseph Oyet and Allan Omoding saw them unlock a stubborn Rams outfit. The biggest mistake many acknowledged in the first round from the Warriors corner was allowing Pirates the liberty to play with so much freedom setting loose the likes of Haruna Muhammed to run circles around the usually organized Warriors defensive formations.
Ivan Makmot will have worked on nullifying Pirates from the source of their powers, once Pirates don’t get comfortable in the scrum then they will be unable to set a proper platform for their vibrant backs to cause damage, that should be the game plan but it is easier said than done.
Pirates will be eager to extend their record at Kings park as they continue to transform it into a fortress – despite their electric form, they will be wary of the threat Warriors will cause and are sure that it will be far from a one sided encounter this time round.
Stanbic Pirates vs DusuPay Warriors
Kings Park Bweyogerere – 4:30pm