The premiership opens its doors for the fourth game weekend with five much anticipated clashes in the league.
The headline clash is a Lions meet between Heathens and Kobs blowing the lid off the action on Friday evening. Due to earlier bookings for Legends on Saturday, Warriors will host Hippos at Kyadondo in Saturday’s early kickoff before Buffaloes entertain Rhinos. Rams are making the trip to the East to face new boys Walukuba Barbarians as Pirates will be at thier new home in Bweyogerere hosting the Plascon Mongers.
Heathens Vs Kobs
Regardless of form or even position on the table, Heathens playing Kobs is always set up to be feisty and heated from the get-go. Heathens are coming off a 13-03 win off defending champions Pirates away from home, while it’s arguable Kobs have been on an easy patch earning maximum points.
Each of these two won their respective home games last season though Kobs have won their most recent meeting, a 10-08 win in the Uganda Cup semifinals. Nonetheless, Heathens have three of their last five games with Kobs.
Kobs will be without mercurial play-maker Adrian Kasito who aggravated his knock from the win against Rams in training earlier this week but that should be of little concern given the depth in the Kobs set up this season. Heathens on the other hand, will be glad to have the wisdom of Allan Otim, Chris Lubanga and Gamma Faisal who returned to training this week, although backrower Cox “Black Jesus” Muhigwa is still out.
Buffaloes Vs Rhinos
These two teams have been battling their own demons but Rhinos seem to have had a massive shock through the transfer season. Many of their players either exited the set up or have sought solace outside the camp after two losses to Warriors and Pirates in quick succession, a win against Jinja Hippos was much needed boost for Coach John Musoke and his yellow machine.
Buffaloes lost most of their senior players to the A side of Kyadondo side (Heathens) and an opening day loss in the Kyadondo derby, the Toyota Buffaloes have since picked themselves two wins i.e against Rams and a narrow hard one earned at the expense of the Plascon Mongers. Buffaloes and Rhinos met in the Uganda Cup and the Kyadondo side came out on top winning 26-15.
Rhinos have been identified as a team that loves to play with their forwards most of the time while the Buffaloes like to take the ball out for a swing and some expansive running. The two styles are literally the only aspects of the game and the side that will play their style longer than the other will surely take the day.
Pirates Vs Mongers
With the Legends hired out, this fixture saw change of venue to what should be the Black Pirates’ new home in Bweyogerere. This particular fixture faced the same problem last, with the teams opting to play at Graveyard then. Due to failure to observe all requirements of a host team, a boardroom decision was made to award Mongers the walkover, and hand Pirates their first of two losses last season.
The Pirates have already lost a game this season, (13-03 to Heathens last weekend) and have more than score to settle this weekend. They aspire to put their title defense back on track and avoid falling outside the title brackets so early on. The other score to settle is the fact that they will want to make right on that walk over that was awarded against them. They welcome back skipper Ivan Magomu who returned to training with the team this week.
After winning at the graveyard with a bonus point on the opening weekend, Mongers have gone to narrowly lose two games they’ve been leading at home. Warriors came from 19-06 down to beat them 21-19 while Buffaloes shocked them last weekend to win 12-11. Mind-table status is something so synonymous with the Entebbe side but if they are to salvage anything from the side, a win away at Pirates would be the perfect way to put their season back on track before all crumbles before the turn of the year.
Warriors Vs Hippos
The DusuPay Warriors are enjoying a good run of games, having a perfect patch of three for three. Three games, three wins : against Rhinos, Mongers and Walukuba and will be playing a Hippos side yet to register a single win.
The warriors are a new look side and the ambition can be smelt miles away. They have put away really good sides in Rhinos and Mongers and add icing to the cake, the win against Mongers came in Entebbe with a second half comeback inspired by former Heathens player Joseph Oyet. In player turned coach Ivan Makmot, Warriors have a tactician who has mastered the Ugandan game and can organise the team anyhow depending on the opponent.
Jinja Hippos are still struggling to get into the zone that helped them surprise many last season, avoiding relegation while beating teams like Warriors in the process. The Hippos defeated the Warriors 30-17 at Legends, the last time they met in Kampala. It is probably the game they have been looking forward to get their mojo back.
Walukuba Vs Rams
The medics from Mulago, at rams, will be making the trip to Walukuba to face the Barbarians in a battle of losers: so to say. The two teams have six losses between them and have conceded 257 points between them, while scoring a measly 36.
Coach Leonard insists his lads will get their game together and provide more than one shocker. Is this the weekend for the shocker. They have scored more points than Rams, 24 versus 12. As a perennial premiership side, Rams are expected to register their first win this weekend when they play the Barbarians.