Rugby

Warriors and Rhinos clash in derby season opener

It’s been a long and busy preseason for the two sides; a number of transfers in and out for both teams, new management and new goals set.

Both teams came short in the recently concluded Uganda cup as they exited at the quarter final stage which gave both teams a chance to prepare even further.

Legends derbies are never dull or disappointing affairs – with a lot of drama, high emotions, exhilarating moments and nail biting situations – Saturday won’t be any different.

 

Approach

The lineups are yet to be released but judging from the exploits of the two sides in the Uganda cup; the Shell Rimula Rhinos will be keen to use their forwards to do most of the work – the Rhinos pack is bigger and more experienced, and will want to use this as a weapon to wear out the Warriors which will result in tries and penalties.

The warriors on the other hand will capitalize on their fairly smaller nature to be more athletic and expansive in their play. As was the case when the Buffaloes met Rhinos, this looks to be a similar tactic that will be employed – keep possession and spread the ball to tire the bigger Rhinos players – A case of contrasting philosophies.

Combinations will also be key for both teams especially in crucial positions – will the Rhinos continue with the young Kizza at fly half or will they opt for a more mature head in David Otwi, same goes for the Warriors in who stands at fly half, centre and wing; this will be key to how the game goes.

Coach Ivan Makmot of the Warriors, who was a Rhinos player last season, will have his first reunion with his former side although not as player. However this will be a chance for Michael Amolo, Ahmed Oduka and Orach Humphrey to test themselves against a team that knows them so well ( that is if they are selected).

The Nile Special Super league is never short of exciting match ups and match day one shows just that.

 

DusuPay Warriors vs Shell Rimula Rhinos

4:00pm

Legends rugby grounds

Saturday 10th November 2018