In a classic local derby this weekend, Shell Rimula Rhinos play host to Warriors at Legends Rugby Grounds.
Rhinos took care of business the first time they met with a 46-26 win. After Pirates overtook Kobs last weekend, the Rhinos also put themselves in a position where they can easily catch up with the top, while being mindful of the Heathens right below them in fourth.
Rhinos had a ball against Hippos last week, registering a filthy 69-07 win. There is something slightly different about Makalama’s Rhinos this season, and just as well, a difference with Scott Oluoch’s game. Apart from providing muscle in stopping his opponents while in their tracks and pushing the pack forward, he has scored with leisure and has already notched up 8 tries. Kevin Makmot continues to mature in his game, plus his kicking. He has been a mainstay consistent performer in this yellow oily machine. In the backline, he has the support of Jasper Onen and Oduka who have been consistent performers too. This is just a sample of who Rhinos will be looking to for inspiration against Warriors.
After basking in the glory that came with the “comeback kings” mantras for approximately a game and a half, the Warriors have seemingly forgotten what makes a comeback stick. Having tried to mount one against Heathens last week, the Kyadondo had a strong second half in which they waltzed past Warriors with limited opposition. Nonetheless, they had good performers in the likes of the Aredo brothers: Erasmus and Gabriel, plus the captain of the day, Komakech. Henry Musisi and Kinyai have returned to the team and they are probably in better spirits.
These players will all be needed to be on top of their game against a Rhinos team that is unplayable when the forwards are allowed time on the ball.
You have to expect Warriors to put a challenge worth mentioning against Rhinos but the latter are looking to keep tabs with Kobs and Pirates and therefore will come with all guns blazing, aiming for the win.