2019 starts with a cracker : Warriors face Pirates

After the festive hiatus, Ugandan rugby premiership returns this weekend with Warriors up to face defending Champions Black Pirates in an arly kickoff at Legends.

A stern test awaits both sides, once neighbors on the same ground however come the 5th of January 2019, the new year sees Pirates make their first official visit back to Legends as guests to face Warriors. The treble winners have endured a rough patch that has seen them drop considerably down the log. The most recent loss was when they succumbed to a dominant Kobs side which has hit another gear ever since the loss to table toppers – Hima Cement Heathens.

FT : Pirates 13-25 Kobs 

Warriors on the other hand are still flying high in their season; going into the winter break unbeaten claiming scalps of Rhinos, Mongers and Buffaloes along the way. Facing the treble winners will be their sternest test thus far having lost to the Pirates in the Uganda cup quarters in what was a narrow 18-13 defeat.

Pirates will have all the intention to stamp their mark as one of the sides to beat despite a lackluster start by their own standards. Many have ruled the Sea robbers out of the title race but Ivan Magomu and his troops know that the race is far from over and they can’t afford to drop any more points – they will have to harness the self belief of last season to restart an impressive run. This all begins with a win against a much changed DusuPay Warriors outfit.

Coach Makmot returns along with seven Warriors from Dodoma, Tanzania in the university games and will be looking to add to the force that blew the Buffaloes away. As Warriors ready to face Pirates, their strong point this season has been their defense and perseverance in periods of immense pressure that has seen them get the result even when they haven’t been at their best, a feat that has propelled them to 2nd in the league.

It will be a game that each team will approach aiming to win the little battles first and foremost – Syrus Wathum against Nathan Bwambale at hooker, leadership will be key as captains Akera Komakech and Ivan Magomu inspire their troops to victory. A case of who the more lethal finisher is between Joseph Oyet and Baron Kasozi.

The half back role will be key as well, Ivan Magomu as commanding and influential as he usually is, had a long day against the rookie Josiah Ssempeke and will hope not to let this become habit as he hopes to stand his ground as the supreme number 10 in the country.

The lineout was another predictable scenario from both sides in their games prior to christmas and this along with the scrumdowns will prove to be key to which  team runs the show. Alema, Bwambale, Pajob against Muhereza, Wathum and Wangobo.

We can go on and on about the potential areas of possibility and victory but the time to judge will be Saturday 2.30pm 2019 – Legends Rugby grounds.

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