The Observer (Kampala)

14 February 2013

Uganda: Rhinos Out to Stop Heathens

Ahead of this weekend's Nile Special Rugby Super Eight league fourth round of games, champions MTN Heathens face an unpredictable Rhinos in the peak of the ties; Felix Eupal previews the weekend fixtures.

The Yellow Machine are fearless; they play awesome defence and look well positioned in every section. On Saturday, they face Rhinos in an early 3pm kickoff at Legend rugby club. Heathens have always been weary of Rhinos, which almost cost them in the last game of the league. Heathens labour to a hard-fought 24-13 to win 2012 champions.

Rhinos currently lying fifth on the table and have already proved they want to be among the top four that will compete in the knockout stages in the second round. They already produced a stunning 15-10 win over Pirates and pushed Kobs to the limit last week before going down 13-0.

Heathens look like they will follow the same script: "We will keep on taking one game at a time," notes Heathens coach Brian Tabaruka when asked how they intend to go on about the game.

As for Rhinos they will keep on looking at James Musitwa, last season's top scorer, to deliver them another shocker.

Summerkamp v Toyota Buffaloes

Last year, they were branded giant killers and many argued that it was a one-off season. However, Buffaloes are even looking more dangerous this season. With three wins and a game in hand, they travel to new entrants Summerkamp this Saturday at Legends Rugby grounds.

Summerkamp is still winless and bottom of the table.

Sadolin Mongers v DMark Kobs

All eyes will yet again be on Kobs newfound star Justin Kimono, who is currently almost single handedly carrying the team on his shoulders. Three Man-of-the-match accolades in a row, he averages two tries per game. Kimono is a work horse who has ensured that his team doesn't miss anyone.

He plays like a workhorse in the field and the sixth-placed Mongers will have to stop him if they are to get a win at their home turf in Entebbe.

XFM Impis v Pirates

Impis are returning to league action straight from the just-concluded East African University games, where they represented Makerere University. The student's side will be looking to employ the tactics they got when they take on Pirates. Pirates are fourth and found some ground last week with a good performance.

As for Impis, things are not rosy and they currently they lie seventh and need a win to revive their hopes of making the top four. A loss will kiss any of those chances goodbye.

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