Rugby: Title race heats up amid controversy

Saturday February 17 2018

Trapped. Buffaloes’ Jeremiah Wasswa (left)

Trapped. Buffaloes’ Jeremiah Wasswa (left) ponders how to stop Rhinos’ Andrew Luyima (right) in the Nile Special Rugby Premier League. PHOTO BY EDDIE CHICCO 

By Deus Bugembe


It’s now clear that only one of Buzz Pirates, Betway Kobs and Rimula Rhinos can win the Nile Special Rugby Premiership title after Hima Heathens were forced out of the race with a 13-3 defeat at home to Pirates last week.
Buzz Pirates on top with 46 points have managed to convince observers that they have what it takes to win a maiden league title while Kobs on 44 in second are not about to let them out of sight. Rhinos with the same tally of points as Kobs have inaudibly stayed in the title race to guarantee an exciting finish.
Pirates` lock Joel Anguyo is optimistic about his side`s chances of being crowned champions come 31 March when the league takes a curtain call. He thinks they need to win their games and hope the other sides can help with cancelling out each other by sharing points when they meet.
“We are in a good position for now and we have to keep winning our games,” the kicking lock told SCORE. “Our harder games come towards the end of the season and hopefully by that time, the other sides in the race would have played each other,” he opined. Last week as Betway Kobs prepared to take on newly promoted side Jinja Hippos, news broke that the latter could not make it.
That was not taken well by the Kobs hierarchy, considering that the new rules dictate a walkover does not come with a bonus point.
The competition at the top of the table has ensured every point counts, prompting Kobs to appeal that they reschedule the game so as they can earn the priceless extra point.
As Kobs had hoped, their wishes were granted and the rest of the sides found it shady decision for Kobs’ cause.
The game has been rescheduled for Wednesday although many questions remain unanswered on the manner which the union reversed a walkover.

Today’s games
Warriors vs. Kobs Legends 2:30 PM
Mongers vs. Rhinos Entebbe 4:30 PM
Rams vs. Pirates Makerere 4:30 PM
Hippos vs. Impis Jinja 4:30 PM