Both teams will be meeting in the early kick off at Kyadondo in good spirit following wins in their previous matches. The wins didn’t come easy though with the Buffaloes edging Rams 24-20 away from home and the Mongers shocking the Warriors 16-15 at Legends.
A massive confidence boost in both camps going into this weekend – the Mongers under the stewardship of coach John Wandicho have now won 3 on the trot while the Buffaloes are collecting as many points as possible to close the gap between them and the fourth placed DusuPay Warriors.
At this stage, the Buffaloes are certainly over the loss of their players to fellow “housemates” Heathens and have started to harness brand new talent – one of whom is Romano Ucu who has been nothing short of outstanding in the league so far. Coach Edgar Lemerigar has used him in various roles; flank and in the back line but regardless of the shirt he wears, delivery is a constant. Ucu has fit into the Buffaloes philosophy so well that he is tipped to be on the national selectors’ radar at the moment. Wandicho and company will be having numerous headaches on how to stop the man.
Mongers appear to have found themselves after a torrid start to the season, all revelers and pundits are in agreement that they are playing the “Mongers way” with a very industrious pack complemented by a smart number 10 – not forgetting the gloss added by Adrian Wasswa’s golden boot. The latter brought Mongers from 15-03 down to within four points and then their forwards did what they do best – hustle out the result.
From a tactical view; the contrast in styles of play will be key and since the game is played with one ball at a time then it goes down to which team can actually hold onto their identity amidst the pressure and which one will succumb to their opponent’s game. When expansive and unstructured, the Mongers don’t stand a chance but if it happens to be a set piece oriented game revolving around the forwards then the Buffaloes will have a long day.
Kyadondo Rugby club – 2.30pm