Credit: John Batanudde

The Central Region of Uganda is currently experiencing its first major wet season of the year after a long dry spell. This week alone, it has rained at least once every day in many parts of Kampala, Entebbe and Jinja.

These will be the venues this Saturday during round eleven of the Nile Special Rugby Premier League.

Rains throw a major curve ball that is expected to influence and affect how teams play, especially those that prefer expansive running styles.

The Makerere Derby, between Rams and Impis at The Graveyard, is the headline fixture this weekend.

Despite poor recent form, both teams are highly motivated after heroic back-to-back displays at home that denied Black Pirates and Heathens the much-needed bonus point.

Impis are on a five-game losing streak while Rams are yet to win their first match this season.

For both tenant (Rams) and landlord (Impis), bragging rights at Makerere are on the line. But they have different ambitions going into this second-round derby. Impis need to return to winning ways as the lower rung of the league catches up with them while Rams need to jumpstart their worrying campaign.

Full Round 11 Fixtures:

  • 4 p.m.: Toyota Buffaloes vs Stanbic Black Pirates at Kyadondo Rugby Club
  • 4 p.m.: Plascon Mongers vs Walukuba Barbarians at Busambaga, Entebbe
  • 4 p.m.: Jinja Hippos vs Kobs at Damwaters Rugby Club
  • 4 p.m.: Rhinos vs Platinum Credit Heathens at Legends Rugby Grounds
  • 4 p.m.: Rams vs Impis at The Graveyard, Makerere

Ernest Akorebirungi joined Kawowo Sports in July 2019 after one year as a student volunteer at the Makerere University Games Union. In his role as rugby correspondent, he offers unique insight and analysis...

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