Pirates Seek To Snatch Title Out Of KOBs Grasp On Decisive Day

Saturday, May 8
*Betway KOBs Vs Black Pirates, Legends (4pm)
*Jinja Hippos Vs Mongers, Dam Waters (3pm)
*Heathens Vs Rhinos, Kyadondo (2pm)
*Buffaloes Vs Warriors, Kyadondo (4pm)
*Rams Vs Impis, Makerere (4pm)

The curtains to a shortened Nile Special Stout Rugby Premiership season will come down this Saturday with mouthwatering clashes headlined by a winner takes it all clash between title hopefuls.

Leaders Betway KOBs (38) host rivals and second-placed Pirates (35) at Legends in a game that will surely decide who will be crowned the champions.

Heathens (34) on the other hand, can as well win the league! Get your calculators nearby.

“Its a very special game for us because it gives us a shot at winning another league title,” said Pirates Fly half Ivan Magomu.

“We have prepared pretty much well, we are under no pressure as whatsoever because we have been in such a situation before and overcome.

“We believe we have the squad depth and can use our young guns to do the job. We are in to win. A good result and we walk away with the title to Kings Park.”

After a slow start that saw the side fall 24-19 to record winners Heathens at Kyadondo in the league opener, Pirates have recovered and won seven on a trot.

Magomu adds: “We have since the defeat worked on our weaknesses and improved on our strengths. We also managed to get here because we have been taking one game at a time.”

The Bweyogerere-based side are in search for their second league title since winning their maiden championship in 2018.

Pirates will be without Isaac Massanganzira, Timothy Kisiga, Kelvin Balagadde, Desire Ayera and Solomon Okia who are with the Rugby Cranes sevens team in South Africa for the Solidarity Camp.

Just like Pirates, KOBs, have Adrian Kasito, Ian Munyani, James Odongo, Byron Oketayot and Joseph Aredo in South Africa.

However, Pius Ogena has made the KOBs squad despite pulling out of the national team due to injury.

The side will also be without Raymond Mukwaya who starts his two-match ban from Uganda Rugby Union after he was sent off for fighting in the 91-00 victory over Impis last weekend.

KOBs will be champions with a win or deny Pirates a bonus point win at Legends.

Heathens will hang on if they beat Rhinos with a bonus point and pray that Pirates beat KOBs but fail to get a bonus point. Maths!



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