Hima Heathens are champions in waiting and remain 80 minutes against Toyota Buffaloes, away from being crowned Nile Special Uganda Rugby Premiership champions on Saturday.

The showdown at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds, a season ender finds Heathens coming off a dramatic 18-19 win against Kobs at Legends.

Heathens were saved to the crown by James Ijongat’s last minute penalty miss that rebounded off the right upright to deny the defending champions a late shot at the accolades.

With 8 matches gone unbeaten, Heathens will need to seal their memorable season with victory, also a perfect send off for coach Brian Tabaruka.

According to sources, this may be Tabaruka’s last match as coach for the team with Hana Mixed and U-19 coach Robert Seguya set to take over for the next rugby Premiership season.

After edging Kobs 23-21 two weekends ago, Toyota Buffaloes are yet to win. The side lost to Ezee Money Rhinos 28-11 in their recent outing and this will be their last opportunity to strengthen their position in the top four.

O’Brien Tindimweba and Edgar Lemmerigar’s men suffered inconsistency in the first half of the season, without Phillip Pariyo who was signed by Welsh Rugby side St. Peters RFC in Cardiff and five of their players who participated in Confederation of Africa Rugby Sevens in Zimbabwe.

When captain Alfred Bijik, Epillo Paul, Kasita Eric and Solomon Okia returned the team has since put up stellar performances winning against Ezee Money Rhinos in the first half of the season, Sadolin Mongers, Impis, Mutoni Warriors, Pirates and Kobs in the second half.

A win against Heathens will see Buffaloes revenge their 13-26 loss against the side in their first meeting and it will be their 8th win of this season.

Saturday Fixtures

Legends Rugby Grounds

Pirates Vs Impis at 2:30pm

Kobs Vs Ezee Money Rhinos at 4:30pm

Kyadondo Rugby Grounds

Hima Heathens Vs Toyota Buffaloes at 4:30pm

Entebbe Rugby Grounds

Sadolin Mongers Vs Mutoni Warriors at 4:30pm

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

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