The first round of the rugby premiership comes to an end in style this weekend as Pirates host Kobs in a classic Kampala Rugby club classic derby. The two Legends side are feasibly the best teams in the land.
Second placed Black Pirates continue their pursuit of their second title in less than a year as they welcome table leaders, Betway Kobs. Kobs are the most decorated side in local rugby and their recent Premiership triumph came in the 2015-2016 season.
Throughout the calendar year 2017, Pirates beat Kobs in all 15-A-Side rugby contests they had, with the their most recent win coming in the semifinal of the Uganda Cup after a last minute penalty by skipper Ivan Magomu.
Legends bragging rights are on the line as much as the top spot on the table is, with Kobs ahead of Pirates by two points. The winner of the game will take first place.
Both teams registered mammoth victories last weekend at home; Pirates winning 102-08 against bottom placed Jinja Hippos and Kobs battering the ill-fated Impis 90-00, putting themselves in strong positions going into their much anticipated encounter this weekend.
Pirates have only lost one game this season, collecting nothing in that 28-00 loss to Mongers while Kobs saw Heathens snap their six game winning streak in a 23-18 nail-biting Kyadondo thriller.
The league’s in-form and top try scorers in Baron Kasozi (10), Timothy Kisiga (9), Justin Kimono (8), Haruna Muhammad (7) are from the two sides and will be hoping to steer their respective sides to victory this Friday.
Betway Kobs have a more experienced side by far, with a lot of reinforcement expected to come from their forwards, notably conducted by National Team backrower Brian Asaba and assisted by the industrious Makumbi, Kimbowa and veterans Dr Stone and Wadia. The Kobs backline is just as lethal with the dizzying feet of James Ijongat and Adrian Kasiito in there. Justin Kimono has hit his form of yore and looks like to be playing his best rugby lately.
The Buzz powered Black Pirates have a very young side whose spirit lives in every lad that walks out in their colors every game. Their forwards led by Ruhweza “Didi”, Pajob, Tusiime”China” are relatively less experienced than their Kobs counterparts but undermining their impact would be foolhardy, especially with the veteran Joel Anguyo helping too. The delectable phases and switches tailored from their backline have been such a spectacle all throughout the season and one best hope for the Pirates runners to have good tricks up their sleeves. Captain Magomu assisted 11 tries last weekend alone and scored one, while Kisiga scored four and Baron registered two.
It should be a spectacle of a game that’s going to be intense from start to end.
Pirates XV to play:
1. Alema Ruhweza 2. Ivan Cadri 3. Edgar Pajob 4. Richard Odokere 5. Joel Anguyo 6. Musa Muwonge 7. Isaac Rujumba 8. Desire Ayera 9. Conrad Wanyama 10. Ivan Magomu 11. Emanzi Raymond 12. Isaac Massa 13. Haruna Muhammad 14. Baron Kasozi 15. Timothy Kisiga