By HERBERT WAFULA
The season has taken a short two-week break most likely for stakeholders to participate in the festivities of the season rather than for a need to recuperate.
For a neutral observer, I think the season has, so far, been very good regardless of where your team lies on the log.
DMark Kobs and MTN Heathens
The giants of Ugandan rugby continue to dominate the rest of the teams.
After their clash at the Legends Club, two weeks, many followers of the game might be mistaken to think that the competition is over in favour of the former.
Their display was clinical on that day and they kept up on the pressure in the second half, a thing they failed to do in some of the earlier games.
MTN Heathens are clearly undergoing a re-building phase and on that day, I felt that some of their big names did not have the hunger which they displayed in the Uganda Cup final.
There were some questionable decision making moves where they opted to hunt for tries in a second half, a period in which they had about half a dozen kickable penalties.
Ezee Money Rhinos and G4S Pirates
The contrast could never be clearer. It was clear before the season started that Rhinos would be the biggest climbers and they have done it in style. Kudos to John Musoke and team.
The Pirates’ story is a bit hard to swallow but well, here we are. Many have fronted theories explaining their downward free mode fall but I believe blaming the coach, the executive is pure escapism.
The team has many players with experience and exposure at Cranes, Super Rugby and the Premiership levels that teams like Toyota Buffaloes, Mongers and many more would envy.
I think most of their players lack the will to battle.
They continue to play some brilliant games and the icing on the cake must have been the one way whipping of the Pirates at Kyadondo.
They have continued to show the same grit and the willingness to fight on till the end. Tolbert Onyango’s team is certainly doing something commendable.
Mutoni Warriors and Mongers
The Warriors are still a work in progress and have yet to cover a lot of ground to catch up with the top 4 teams at the moment. I believe the Warriors’ best performance was against the Rhinos where they lost at the death of the game. T
hey also managed to register their first ever Premiership win against the Mongers.
The Mongers ended the first leg with a historic win over the Pirates at the “House of pain”. For a while, they have made me wonder if the pain was directed at Pirates .
Lira Bulls The new comers have continued to receive a rude welcome to the top flight. You have to feel for them but that is the only way they can learn what it takes being among the big boys of Ugandan rugby.
My wish is that they do not give up despite some rather openly crude thrashings like the one they received at the hands of table leaders Kobs. Merry Xmas and a happy rugby new year.
Herbert Wafula is an ex-captain of the Uganda Rugby Cranes 7s and XVs. firstname.lastname@example.org