Last season, Black Pirates had the most successful campaign in their near two decade history.
The side swept all the silverware available in the 2017-18 season, winning the Uganda Cup, National Premiership and the National Sevens.
With the first tournament of the 2018-19 season already done, Pirates will not match last season’s feat. The side lost the Uganda Cup to Kobs last Saturday.
Despite being in control of the game early in the second half, Kobs fought back and found their way to dethrone the Sea Robbers.
Pirates head coach Bobby Musinguzi says his forwards were overwhelmed in the second half, and that his charges did not manage the ball well.
“Our forwards did not match up well with theirs particularly in the second half. I thought we did not manage the ball well in the second half and I know we can do much better that what we did,” Musinguzi says of the cup final.
What remains to be defended by Pirates is the league title and the sevens. The focus now turns to the league starts next weekend.
Even with the off season business conducted by seasoned campaigners Heathens and Kobs, the treble winning coach says his team is good enough to successfully defend the league.
“I think we have a quality team to successfully defend the league. We have quality substitutes and this was just a loss to learn from. We will definitely defend the league.”
Pirates whose high profile addition to the team was Eric Mula from Rhinos start their title defense away to new comers Walukuba on Saturday, November 10.
2018-19 Rugby Premiership
Opening Day Fixture | Saturday, November 10
- Walukuba vs. Pirates
- Rams vs. Kobs
- Warriors vs. Rhinos
- Hippos vs. Mongers
- Buffaloes vs. Heathes