Fri 8th March 2013 (Week 7 Fixtures)

Toyota Buffaloes Vs G4S Pirates (Kyadondo)- 5pm

Sat 9th: MTN Heathens Vs D’Mark Kobs (Kyadondo)-5 p.m

Sadolin Mongers Vs Rhinos (Entebbe) -4:30 p.m

XFM Impis Vs Summerkamp (Makerere University)-5p.m

The Euphoria is inevitably boiling up come Uganda’s oldest and arguably East Africa’s biggest Rugby rivalry. This will be revived this Saturday as the Unbeaten MTN Heathens host the D’Mark Kobs in the Super 8 Nile Special Rugby league fixture at Kyadondo grounds.

This rivalry dates as far back as the last 22 years when at the time there were racial undertones considering Heathens was a predominantly expatriate white team. Over the years this clash has made or broke players and been a talking point in the press and social media.

In one incident the center referee was viciously manhandled by Kobs players and in the end this had far reaching effects on the state on the game in Uganda as several players like Victor Wadia were imposed with lengthy bans as a reprimand. Such is the enormity of the task at hand for this upcoming fixture particularly the center referee of the day.

This is one fixture that players of either teams play to win, impress as well as enjoy. Tempers usually vary and for the passionate crowd, they will be more than eager to witness the hauls, mauls and locks, only hoping for their respective team to carry the day.

Enter this fixture, MTN Heathens are still the only unbeaten side in the league having massacred newly promoted side, Summerkamp by a cricket score of 70 nil, Xfm Impis 60-00, Sadolin Mongers 69-07, humiliated Rhinos 81-00, beaten Toyota Buffaloes 45 -10 and 24-16 victors over Hard fighting G4S Pirates last weekend.

D’Mark Kobs have also had a relatively smooth journey since the league kicked off with wins against XFM Impis (49-10), Mongers (37-21), Summerkamp (46-06), before narrow escape victories over Rhinos (13-00) and G4S Pirates (5-3) but only to succumb to Buffaloes 22-18 at the Kyadondo fortress last weekend.

On paper, MTN Heathens who have amassed a record 358 points in just 6 fixtures and a mean defence that has conceded only 23 points look the overwhelming favorites in this fixture as compared to Kobs’ 168 scored and 62 points conceded.

The Heathens will look to the magic of the Wokorach duo of Phillip and Michael, Alex Mubiru, Jonathan “Bishop” Onen, Ronnie Musoke, Ben Kizza and Allan Ochieng for that much needed inspiration while D’Mark Kobs will pray that Justine Kimono passes a late fitness test just in time to join James Kimono, sharp kicker, Anthony Kinene, Kevin Mackmot, Kevin Baraza, James Ejong and the Wakabi brothers in Simon and Lawrence to drive the Kobs.

In the other fixtures of the day, Sadolin Mongers, who registered their first victory of the season last weekend with a 36-6 drubbing of whipping boys, Summerkamp, face a tricky home tie against Rhinos at the Entebbe Lake side house of pain Stadium.
Toyota Buffaloes will open the Kyadondo ground with a date against G4S Pirates while at Makerere University Rugby grounds, Xfm Impis entertains Summerkamp.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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