The 18th and final match day of the Nile Special Super League will be a memory for local rugby fans, with a couple of derbies and rivalries marking the end of the season. Having dragged on from November, the trouble-hit season went into recess around January following heavy rains. All that is out of the window now, as fans and players are ready to enjoy the action in one last hoorah.
When the final whistle was blown last Saturday, Legends side Betway Kobs sealed their 12th title with a 41-22 win over Toyota Buffaloes. This week, they run out against age-old arch rivals and defending champions Hima Cement Heathens-at Kyadondo rugby grounds, the home of the Heathens.
The defending champions are expected to give the Kobs a guard of honour, but there has been speculation that the Kyadondo side has no plans of doing so. Many have cited this as a lack of professionalism.
“Heathens not giving Kobs the guard of honour is not classy at all” sports writer Nolan Emanzi said.
That aside, the Kobs are expected to play their hardest, as the game is not about the trophy but about pride. Heathens will be out to avenge an apparently misjudged first leg game where they lost by just a point, 14-13 at Legends. With more pride than glory at stake, it is definitely a fixture to look out for.
The game of the weekend though is the much anticipated “Graveyard Derby” in which Makerere Impis will square off with Rams. Impis stands at 8th on the log, while Rams is 9th. The two teams have only 4 points between them, and the winner will claim bragging rights over the grounds as well as ensuring survival from relegation.
In other fixtures, Sadolin Mongers will battle Black Pirates in Entebbe while Toyota Buffaloes will play out Ezee Money Rhinos at Kyadondo in the early kickoff. Mutoni warriors will seat back and enjoy the action from the stands having secured a walkover from disqualified Gulu Elephants.