Last Saturday was not how Anthony Kinene expected to be welcomed as new head coach of Pirates. Unheralded Rhinos gave him a rude welcome when they beat his charges 12-5 on day one of the Nile Special Premier League Rugby season.
After the loss, Kinene noted that a number of things had to be worked on, especially the mauls. He has had the whole of this week to put things right but his work will likely be cut out when Pirates face a Heathens side that kicked off the season guns blazing with a 64-3 battering of Mutoni Warriors.
Brian Tabaruka’s ‘Yellow machine’ was in fine form with full back Philip Wokorach notching up four tries. Lawrence Ssebuliba, Michael Wokorach, Alex Mubiru, Bishop Onen and Evans Kingasia also got on the score sheet, but most importantly, they looked razor-sharp.
So, it will be a tall order for Kinene to pull off the first shocker of the season. In the other fixtures, Warriors entertain Rhinos while the defending champions Kobs take a trip to Entebbe to play the hard-hitting Mongers.
Mongers produced a lacklustre display to beat Buffaloes 21-17. However, Mongers’ past meetings against Kobs have always produced fireworks, not to mention their Uganda Cup semifinal which Kobs won, courtesy of a last-minute try. Mongers will definitely be looking to avenge that defeat for their fans, considering that they will be at home.
In Makerere, Brian Power, the head coach of Impis, also suffered nasty welcome when Kobs beat his team 68-0 on opening game. He will be hoping his young side can put up a better show when they take on Buffaloes.
Legends Rugby Grounds
Warriors v Rhinos 2pm
Pirates v Heathens 4:30pm
Kyadondo Rugby Grounds
Thunderbirds v Panthers 4:30pm
Sadolin Mongers v Kobs 4:30pm
Impis v Toyota Buffaloes 5pm
Source : The Observer