National Rugby Premiership:
Gulu vs. Kobs -4.30pm
Gulu Rams vs. Heathens -2.30pm
Makerere Impis vs. Pirates -4.30pm
Makerere Warriors vs. Rhino -4.30pm, Legends
Buffaloes vs. Mongers -4.30pm, Kyadondo
For defending champions Betway Kobs, the journey to this year’s league title starts with a long road trip to the Northern Uganda town of Gulu where they face off with Gulu Elephants Saturday evening.
The Legends outfit are likely to start the season with the chasing to do as arch rivals Hima Cement Heathens play the lunch time fixture which will hand them the chance to go top of the table before the rest of the sides take to the pitch.
With team captain Oscar Kalyango sidelined with injury, Dam Miriko’s charges start the season in what is now a familiar fashion with key players sitting out the start of the season.
Lock Victor Wadiya and winger Justin Kimono are also still out with injuries but that is not expected to worry Kobs against the newly promoted Elephants.
“We take every game serious and we can’t take chances,” fly half James Ijongat revealed to Kawowo Sports ahead of the game.
Kobs failed to complete the treble after faltering against the Buzz Pirates in the semifinal of the Uganda Cup.
In Kalyango’s absence, Rugby Cranes flank Brian Asaba, his assistant, will lead the side.
The other encounters will see runners up Heathens, under new coach Mohammed Athiyo, have the first piece of action when they visit Rams in the lunchtime fixture of the opening day at the Graveyard in Makerere.
Buzz Pirates, under new coach Bobby Musinguzi who replaced Anthony Kineene, visit Makerere Impis in the last fixture at the Graveyard.
Toyota Buffaloes entertain Entebbe side Sadolin Mongers in a repeat of the dramatic Uganda Cup quarter final which was won by the home side after extra time.
Moneyed Rimula Rhino unleash their fully stocked arsenal against Mutoni Warriors in the lone fixture at Legends Rugby Grounds.