Rhinos were condemned to their second straight defeat by Heathens on Saturday.
With their descent roster that was assembled in the off-season, the Legends outfit were tipped by many to put up a challenge in this year’s title race to halt the Kobs-Heathens dominance.
However, head coach Brian Makalama is worried his players’ level of inconsistency in training and on game days is the main reason they are yet to impose themselves on opponents.
“We are still competing with work and school, consistency in training and game availability,” Makalama told Kawowo Sports when asked about the challenges his side is facing thus far.
Rhinos started the season well and went on to defeat defending champions Kobs before dropping points in a stalemate against Sadolin Mongers at the ‘House of Pain’ in Entebbe.
The draw was followed by a 28-09 loss to Buzz Pirates before last weekend’s loss to Heathens at Legends.
“It’s a challenging first round and we will work on turning the mixed results,” Makalama told this website.
Rhinos won three of their four opening games of the season and drew 17-all with Mongers in Entebbe.
The win over Kobs showed glimpses of a side that was ready to conquer Ugandan rugby but the losses to Pirates and Heathens exposed the various weaknesses of the team.
The bang-bang sort of play seems to be Rhinos’ only option and the team struggles against quick sides that don’t keep the ball in the rack for long.
The gigantic tactician still blames their failure to deal with the quick transition teams on the team’s fitness levels.
“Yes… training. That’s my chief concern,” Makalama re-affirms.
The acquisition of forwards Scot Oluoch, former Rugby Cranes captain Mathias Ochwo and this year has given Rhinos the advantage against most of the teams in the league with their pack dominating the scrummages but they don’t seem to have a Plan B.
They also concede penalties for fun from unforced errors and were made to pay against Heathens on Saturday.
Fly half Chris Lubanga converted 5 penalties to punish Rhinos and hand them their second loss of the season, the second in a row.