It is an unusual occurrence that at this point in time in the league, bookies are not backing either Kobs or Heathens to win the league. This weekend, these two local rivals face off at Kampala Rugby Club, famously referred to as Legends.
With the title already out of their grasp, Betway Kobs now look to this local rivalry to salvage some pride and sanity from a season that has gone off the rails in the past fortnight. Kobs were on the disappointing end of a 24-22 score board which favored Toyota Buffaloes last week, at Legends. A week earlier, they had lost to Shell Rimula Rhinos in a hard fought Legends derby.
Hima Cement Heathens, just as well, haven’t had the best of seasons, losing 5 games i.e home and away to Pirates and Buffaloes, and a home loss to second placed Rhinos. They had a ray of hope at the start of 2018 but back-to-back losses to Pirates and Buffaloes ended the narrowest of hopes they had in defending the title they won last season with three games to spare.
Rather than fight for the title, these two have been reduced to fighting for third place and to spice it up, the Lion’s Cup is also on the line. It is currently in Heathens’ custody who claimed it last year with two victories over Kobs in the league. The visitors hold the advantage thanks to a Lawrence Ssebuliba masterclass at Kyadondo Rugby Club which inspired his side to a 23-18 win.
Both teams welcome back their stars who had been unavailable because of Nations Sevens duties. Kobs have Kasiito Adrian, Al Hajj Manano and James Ijongat back in the fray, while Heathens welcome newly christened Captain, Micheal Wokorach and winger Lawrence Ssebuliba.