Kobs vs. Black Pirates Credit: Courtesy
  • Friday, January 26
  • Kobs vs. Pirates – 4:30 pm, Legends
[/media-credit] Kobs and Black Pirates will clash on Friday Credit: Courtesy

It might be too early but the 2017-18 National Rugby Premiership season could come to one match – the Friday clash between Kobs and Black Pirates.

It could be a significant match in the teams’ respective title chase as the two sides are separated by 2 points. Kobs top the standings with 35 points and Pirates are second with 33 and a win for either side will give them an advantage in the title challenge.

Adding spice to this fixture is the fact that the two teams are nearly balanced in terms of personnel especially at the back.

Justin Kimono, Alhajji Manano and Adrian Kasiito have formed a solid back three for Kobs while Davis Kyewalabye and James Ijongat have partnered well in the half back positions.

[/media-credit] Justin Kimono and James Ijongat will be key for Kobs Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Top scorer Baron Kasozi, Ivan Massa and Timothy Kisiga have all been in fine form this term for Pirates and Haruna Muhammed is finding comfort at center after switching from full back. The half back pairing of Conrad Wanyama and Ivan Magomu has been the focal point for the past couple of years.

In the forwards department, skipper Brian Asaba, Collins Kimbowa, Derrick Tukwasibwe, Cyrus Wathum and vet Victor Wadiya have turned in shifts for Kobs while Musa Muwonge, Alema Ruhweza, Nathan Bwambale, Joel Anguyo and Richard Odokere looked solid against Rhinos’ forwards in Pirates win and will be a force to reckon with.

Kobs had not lost a game this season until a couple of weeks ago but that run may have proved to be a false dawn as they were outplayed in almost all departments against Heathens and will have to show considerable improvement if they want to beat Pirates.

Ronnie Lutakome’s charges have lost two of the last three games against Pirates and avenging their Uganda Cup semifinal defeat will definitely be on their minds.

On the other hand, the Sea Robbers are yet to lose a game on the pitch as their only loss came from the boardroom with points for the match that was not played awarded to Mongers. Bobby Musinguzi’s troops will fancy their chances on Liberation Day.

The two sides emphatically won their respective matches leading up to this fixture with Kobs demolishing Makerere Impis 90-0 and Pirates recording to biggest win of the season – a 102-8 victory over Jinja Hippos. Both sides rested their key players.

A win for Kobs at the halfway mark of the season could make the second round a one man show while a win for Pirates drags Rhinos and Heathens back into the title equation as they are expected to win against Jinja Hippos and Warriors respectively and close in on the leaders.

Other Fixtures | Saturday, January 27

  • Rhinos vs. Jinja Hippos – 2:30 pm, Legends
  • Warriors vs. Heathens – 4:30 pm, Legends
  • Rams vs. Mongers – 4:30 pm, Makerere
  • Buffaloes vs. Impis – 4:30 pm, Kyadondo

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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