Only knockout blow will bail out Heathens today
Posted Saturday, October 19 2013 at 01:00
Kampala- There is an old sports adage – mainly borrowed from football – that encourages to attack and attack until the required result is achieved. It involves the analogy of throwing the kitchen sink.
Down 23-3 heading into the second leg of the inaugural East Africa Rugby Super Cup against Kenyan side Nakuru, MTN Heathens will adopt that ‘take-no-prisoners’ approach at Kyadondo ground today. They will start like a house on fire.
“Of course we will throw everything at them but there must also be caution and not recklessness,” Brian Tabaruka, the Heathens coach, told Saturday Monitor.
“You cannot throw the kitchen sink and taps then forget that you need them to wash the plates after that. Discipline is important.” During their final training session on Thursday, Tabaruka, whose side have already won the Nile Special Super 8, Uganda Cup and national 7s, used the word ‘discipline’ and its derivatives, endlessly.
“We need to keep our discipline. If we have 15 players on the pitch we can match them,” the former Heathens captain and Rugby Cranes back said.
In Nakuru, Heathens trailed by only a 6-3 margin after the first half. Then came a yellow card to wing Allan Otim early in the second period. As he cooled his heels, they conceded two tries.
“We gave away so many penalties, that’s terrible! They pretty much earned 10 points from the boot and that indiscipline cost us.” Heathens quite understandably set out a defensive 15 to try and keep the score-line down. For today’s return encounter, the approach will definitely be different.
Flank Mathias Ochwo, scrumhalf Faisal Gamma, centre Evans Kingasia and wing Lawrence Sebuliba are back in the squad. The former is returning from injury and the latter recently promoted from KK Stallion. The trio are likely to start the game.
The exuberant Jasper Ochen could also take Chris Lubanga’s no. 10 jersey. “(Winning by 21 points) is a big task but achievable ultimately,” Tabaruka added.
“There is no fear. Kenyans bring a physical game but we are prepared for it. This is an important game; it shows whether we are number one or two in the region.
“The good thing is that players know it’s gon (sic) take a lot of effort,” Centre Michael Wokorach will again lead the side with hooker Alex Mubiru still out injured.
Forward Scot Oluoch, utility back Brian Kikawa and wing Jonathan Onen are still missing from the team.
D. Mugambe, P.Serujongi, A. Mugerwa, R. Ogwal, G. Lubega, R. Bahendeka, M. Ochwo, A.Mukama, R. Sembajjwe, J. Ochen, A. Otim, E. Kingasia, M. Wokorach, L. Sebuliba, B. Kiiza
P.Tibashoboka, M. Athiyo, D. Mullo, F. Gamma, C.Lubanga, J.Kimuli, M.Tamle, Ronnie Musoke
Coach: Brian Tabaruka
Today at Kyadondo
Heathens vs. Nakuru (4.30pm)