No Room For Error As Pirates Face Hippos At Kings Park

Saturday, May 1
*Warriors Vs Rams, 2pm, Legends
*Rhinos Vs Buffaloes, 4pm, Legends
*Mongers Vs Heathens, 4pm, Entebbe
*Pirates Vs Hippos, 3pm, Kings Park
*Impis Vs Betway KOBs, 4pm, Makerere

Black Pirates will seek to keep pace with leaders Betway KOBs when they take on Jinja Hippos in a tricky Nile Stout Rugby Premiership fixture on Saturday.

This is the penultimate Saturday before we go for a decisive weekend that will see Pirates visit KOBs in what promises to be a winner takes it all affair.

Pirates sit second, just three points above KOBs who are on 33. Heathens are third on 29 while Hippos have collected 20 and sit in fourth place.

Pirates come into this one on the back of a 54-00 commanding victory against Rams, and will bank on form and quality in their squad depth to gun down the Hippos.

Mohammed Haruna, Timothy Kisiga and Isaac Rujumba have all scored four tries this season for Pirates but its Ivan Magomu and William Nkore who have booted the most points for the club that is chasing their second League title in history.

They welcome back Nathan Bwambale and Kelvin Balagade from injury while Michael Amolo and Timothy Kisiga were rested against Rams last weekend.

Hippos on the other hand, have been in terrific form but have been unfortunate to face the League’s ‘Big Three’ in consecutive days.

They lost to KOBs on April 17 before falling to Heathens 30-09 last Saturday, both games at Dam Waters.

Ebonga Maxwell converted three penalties but his efforts were not enough as Heathens, who scored four tries through Scott Oluoch, Aziz Khan, Norbert Okeny and Arthur Mukama, proved stronger.

Coach Robert Sseguya has made three notable changes to the team, with Denis Etwau back at 10, Tawfik Bagalana and John Echeru to play at 13 and 10 respectively.



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