Less than a week after hosting a thriller and blockbuster Heathens-Buffaloes encounter, Kyadondo is hosting another mouthwatering game, Toyota Buffaloes host Betway Kobs this Saturday afternoon.
From bettering Heathens and registering a huge 23-18 win, the Buffaloes welcome the Legends based Kobs, to whom they lost 22-08 in the fourth round of the league some time in December 2017.
For the first time in their history, Buffaloes beat the Heathens and to add icing to the cake, they did it home and away. It is with this momentum that they welcome the most successful club in local rugby. Everything for the Buffaloes was going just right away against Heathens. From the line-outs, through tackles, to fruitful attacks. Stephen Alul, Wilfred Seguya, Diego and Kevin Kermundu were the chief executioners.
Kobs more or less had it easy against Warriors whom they battered 33-00 in an imbalanced Legends derby. It was a routine victory for the master betters who won with almost identically the same score difference when the two first met in the league earlier.
Kobs have come under scrutiny for continuing to field the senile Victor Wadia instead of one of the many utility players who are more mobile and effective like Opio Michael and Jurua. Against an aggressive and fluid forward line like that which the Buffaloes possess, it would like a product-oriented option, worthy of exploring.
The versatile Robert Masendi and Kevin Kermundu had to come off earlier that they would have loved against Heathens because of injury and Buffaloes faithful will hope their superstar back-liners are fit and ready for the next big challenge. A Kasiita-Masendi center pairing did not only prove mercurial on attack, but also devastating on the back-foot. To counter Kimono and Kasiito’s speed and wrath, Buffaloes will need a fit Kermundu to partner ably with Paul Epilo, who has settled into his fullback role with exceptional ease.
Kobs have been known to shudder at the simplest glance of huge hits and with Diego and Uhuru calling the shots from the pack, it is an avenue Buffaloes can use to unsettle the Kobs. James Ijongat is probably the best defense un-locker and line breaker in the league, who his team will need top of his game if they are salvage something from this game.
Kobs still have the trophy within sight and need to win this game to keep their chase their chase alive, with Pirates and Rhinos also gunning for the same trophy. Buffaloes are looking to repeal the “mid-table team” tag from themselves and probably finish on ahead of Heathens, on top of beating them home and away. It should be a cracker!!