7 May 2011

Uganda: Cheetahs Blitz for Victoria

Whereas Uganda's Victoria was toiling here last weekend, Cheetahs were cruising to an easy 49-0 over Rwenzori in the Bamburi Rugby Super Series.

The latter, a Kenyan side, bulging with an explosive backline visits Kyadondo RFC today to face a team in need of some magic after a laboured 16-5 win over Buffaloes.

To stand a chance, Victoria must impose themselves early and not let the opposing fly-half Nato Simiyu dictate play like he has done in the past.

Assistant coach Brian Tabaruka knows the urgent need for an immediate upgrade. "I don't think we played to our full potential (against Buffaloes)," Tabaruka said.

His back three - Benon Kiiza, Jonathan Onen and Jude Keremundu - were toothless mainly due to the struggles of half backs - Faisal Gama and Allan Matsiko.

The centres - Timothy Mudoola, Michael Wokorach and replacement Evan Kingasia - didn't fare much better either though the forwards were just above average.

Team camaraderie

"We only need more time playing together to build chemistry," fly-half Matsiko noted last Saturday. The battle with last year's losing finalists will be very testing indeed.

Elsewhere, Rwenzori will travel across the border to Mumias in western Kenya to face Buffaloes.

The former left Kampala yesterday, hoping to spend the night in the border town of Tororo before the one hour voyage to the sugar town.

Defeat will all but leave coach Sam Ahamya pondering an early exit from the annual regional tournament.

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