What a weekend of rugby it was! We were watching and enjoying rugby from Friday through to Sunday, and there was bound to be things to give talking points.
1. Rhinos are unbeaten in two game weekends
After what has happened to last season’s runners up, it is always cause for celebration in the Rhino house when a win is registered. The yellow machine beat Rams on 2nd March and as of last weekend, they did not play, which means there was nothing like a loss. Add two and two, Rhinos are unbeaten in two game weeks. FYI, Rhinos can not be relegated for whatsoever reason.
2. The Forwards at Pirates
How fresh is the Uganda Cup finals memory? Or Kobs at Kings Park? How about Heathens at Legends earlier in the season? Conclusions were drawn that the Pirates forwards always hold their tails between their legs when they come face to face with the new and reinforced packs of the Heathens and the Kobs. Oh how the Pirates proved us wrong! In the dominant display against Kobs last weekend, Pirates forwards actually did the lions share of the work. Isaac Rujumba, Musa Muwonge and Desire Ayera proved too much for Ronald Musajja, Brian Asaba and company. While Desire was throwing the kitchen sink at Kobs in defense, Rujumba was bursting forward through tackles driving the sea robbers forward. Kobs needed early substitutions of Timothy Mudoola and Pius Ogena to kind of return calmness to the situation. The Pirates forwards in general stood up and were definitely counted.
“We didn’t do our work as the forwards. We failed the team,” remarked Collin Kimbowa of Betway Kobs.
3. Nobody luckier than Heathens, no body!
After that load of hogwash of a first half performance against Kobs and a failed attempt at resurrection in the second half, Heathens ideally had no business thinking about the title again. Up steps Pirates, and for their return game against Kobs, they switched on beast mode and beat the latter. As lady luck would have it, Heathens fixture to balance the table was against relegation battling Walukuba Barbarians and the Heathens won 74-03 to go three points clear of Kobs at the top. Kobs have two dates with Rhinos and Warriors while Heathens play the Rams and Warriors at home, as we wind down the season. It is only fair to say it is Heathens trophy to lose at this point.
4. Jinja Hippos. Enough said!
As of last weekend, Jinja Hippos not only win at home, but have also added away wins to their portfolio. A 22-14 win at the graveyard at the expense of MRI Rams is their latest addition. They have six wins this season alone and are in 6th position, 3 points ahead of traditional Super 10 side Plascon Mongers. The strides that the Jinja side have taken are clearly reaping dividends and the road can only get smoother for the running rugby machine. Among their achievements is the fact that they have had Bagalana Taufiq on the National 7s roster since last year and the lad has a chance of making it to Hong Kong.
5. Namilyango College and SMACK in the semifinals – YAWN!
Namilyango College and St Mary’s College Kisubi, for the nth time, are in the knockouts of the schools league with a game to spare in the group stages. The old students are obviously elated but many argue that the fading of Kololo SS and Hana Mixed has taken away the real competition that “traditional rugby playing schools” had and that is affecting the quality of crop churned out of the schools rugby set up.
Aside of that, Kings College Budo have the chance to join SMACK and the Ngonians if they beat London College this weekend while last year’s finalists MACOS, risk being dumped out of the competition at the group with Light Academy lurking and waiting to overlap and take the last spot.