• Nile Special Stout Rugby Premier League – Matchday Seven
  • 4pm: Mongers vs Kobs
  • House of Pain, Entebbe.

Kobs Rugby Club face a stern test to their title ambitions this season when they make the trip to Entebbe to face Plascon Mongers.

Having clinched a 12-03 win against a resilient Jinja Hippos last weekend, Kobs will be keen to avoid another hiccup to their flawless charge for the first league title since 2016.

Despite losing the three most recent meetings between the two sides, Mongers have the reputation of being Kobs’ hard nut to crack.

Most recent meetings:

  • League 2019/20: Mongers 14-22 Kobs
  • Uganda Cup semi-final: Mongers 8-19 Kobs
  • League 2018/19: Kobs 30-29 Mongers

However, this season, Mongers have had a tough campaign. They find themselves in fifth place behind Jinja Hippos and had to hold on dearly for an 08-03 win against Rams at Makerere last weekend.

For this match, Mongers have gone for power and experience in their forwards. Ronald Adigas starts at the front row while Andrew Olweny is at the back of the scrum.

Kobs, on the other hand, welcome, for the first time this season, their full arsenal of national sevens stars. Pius Ogena starts at eighthman, Adrian Kasito at scrumhalf, Joseph Aredo at flyhalf, and Ian Munyani at outside center.

Mongers Squad:

  • Starting: 1 Wako Jackson, 2 Kagimu Joseph, 3 Adigas Ronald, 4 Omer Remmy, 5 Chisano Joaquim, 6 Omedel Eric, 7 Cheche Morgan, 8 Olweny Andrew, 9 Kamanyire Brian, 10 Kairu Edgar, 11 Twijukye Benue, 12 Tusiime Travor, 13 Wasswa Adrian, 14 Oketa Gift, 15 Laboke Moses.
  • Substitutes: 16 Kiiza Emmanuel, 17 Segawa Elijah, 18 Eyoti Meshack, 19 Mugisha Josephart, 20 Kalule Lauren, 21 Angana Paul, 22 Mugumya Benjamin, 23 Wakabi Simon.

Kobs Squad:

  • Starting: 1 Odongo Brian, 2 Opar Brian, 3 Kimbowa Collins, 4 Aziku Robert, 5 Ecodu Emmanuel, 6 Asaba Brian, 7 Oketayot Byron, 8 Ogena Pius, 9 Kasito Adrian, 10 Aredo Joseph, 11 Ssemwami Daudi, 12 Sseruwagi Edgar, 13 Munyani Ian, 14 Mukwaya Raymond, 15 Arinaitwe Karim.
  • Substitutes: 16 Maina Trevor, 17 Wilobo Mukili, 18 Kivumbi Saul, 19 Tukwasiibwe Derrick, 20 Jjuko Jude, 21 Masendi Robert, 22 Kimono Justin, 23 Odongo James.

Ernest Akorebirungi is an amateur rugby player and a keen follower of local Ugandan rugby.

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