With the postponement of the East Africa Rugby Super Cup that was to be contested for by Ugandan powerhouses Pirates and Rhinos and Kenya kingpins KCB and Kabras confirmed for further later in the year, all eyes turn to the Elgon Cup.
It is probably the fiercest rivalry in African rugby and on 26th May, 2018, Uganda will host Kenya at Kyadondo Rugby Groups for the 13th Edition of the two legged Elgon Cup battle.
Kenya are defending Champions courtesy of a 56-51 aggregate win over two legs last year. The Simbas were 23-18 away winners on their visit to Kampala, at Legends, while the Cranes turned on the heat in the second round and almost caused an upset save for a late penalty try for the Kenyans to draw the game 33-33 and earn a 56-51.
Uganda last won this silverware in 2015 and has since been without a win on home soil. The last time Uganda won the Elgon Cup, the Cranes lost the home game but went on to claim the advantage from away grounds in Kenya.
The Cranes have had two trial games in the build up to this fixture against South African Barbarians, which have given the technical team a picture of who they should line up where.
The Elgon Cup home tie will be the last game before the Cranes start the Gold Cup which has 2019 World Cup qualification niceties tied to it. Kenya will host Uganda in the Gold Cup and this will double as the second tie of the Elgon Cup.
The Elgon Cup has often been subsumed into the Gold Cup as a result of both teams taking part in the continent’s elite rugby championship.
First Leg – 26-May 2018
Uganda Vs Kenya @ Legends Rugby Grounds
Second Leg – 7-Jul 2018
Kenya Vs Uganda @ RFUEA Grounds