• Nile Special Uganda Rugby Premiership
  • 20th December
  • Kyadondo Rugby Grounds
  • Heathens Vs Kobs at 4:30pm

Heathens face defending champions, Kobs at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds on Saturday, in what has always been regarded as the greatest Ugandan rugby derby of all. The duo meet late in the Nile Special Uganda Rugby Premiership after the season climaxing for the Christmas break, due to postponement of the fixture that coincided with Heathens’ lock Denis Mulo’s wedding. 

This encounter will be the first time both rivals are meeting this season and unlike last season, when Kobs were leading by a one point margin against second placed Heathens, Sadolin Mongers are top of the table ahead of this fixture. Kobs are currently second on 23 points after putting up probably their best performance of the season against Rhinos in a 25-9 win last weekend.

Heathens are third with 22 points, after their weekend 13-21 triumph against Toyota Buffaloes at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds. They take to the field a record of four wins, one loss and a draw in the six they have played so far, and clearly need this one to finish top of the premiership, a perfect Christmas gift for their fans.

Despite the lackluster performance in a few matches the side has featured in so far, Heathen’s captain Michael Wokorach believes the victory at Buffaloes unfolded as the perfect preparation for the duel against Kobs. “The game against buffaloes was a good build up for us going into the Kobs game because its always hard to play against the team you share with a home ground,” he told Kawowo Sports.

Michael further revealed how essential a derby of sorts it was, an opportunity they used to review their mistakes before the mega derby. “Its always a derby and we both bring the best out of ourselves, and I am sure we shall better our performance against Kobs because we realized our mistakes against Buffaloes and corrected them.” 

Kobs lost to coach Robert Powell’s Sadolin Mongers in week two and have since gone four matches unbeaten. This will be their seventh match and if they emerge victorious, a repeat of last season will have embraced the premiership again, having broken off then, first, and later went on to win the top accolades.

Coach Allan Musoke is expected to front his strongest Kobs side as reputations hung on the line once again. Scott Oluoch with an immense ball carrying and tackle potential, is bound to take on Coach Brian Tabaruka’s Alex Mubiru of Heathens. Captain Brian Odong must tussle Heathens duo Micheal and Phillip Wokorach, a pair to reckon.

Last weekends’ replacements Adnan Mutebi and Keith Seruyange are expected to start for the visitors Kobs, since both are fresh, along with try scorers, Derrick Tukwasibwe, Justin Kimono and Joseph Aredo. Heathens could also stick with Lawrence Sebuliba and Joel Kimuli who will undoubtably offer Heathens strength in flanks in a bid to spur the team to a historic victory.

FACTS

Heathens lost last seasons unbeaten run at the hands of Kobs who defeated them 19-11 at Legends Rugby Grounds.

Kobs beat Heathens 13-14 at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds in the second half of last season, inflicting the greatest pain to the players and fans who had last witnessed a loss at home four years ago.

Heathens and Kobs met both unbeaten in the first half of last season.They meet this season both beaten in one each, the difference glued to Heathens who drew 10-10 with Sadolin Mongers in Entebbe.

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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