By Ali Mutanje
t’s that electric atmosphere experienced by rugby fans when Kobs face Pirates that makes this fixture a mainstay on the rugby calendar.
It is always a personal affair with such intensity that you can feel it in the atmosphere in the buildup, on the pitch or during arguments between fans of each of the team. It is an argument that can only be settled after the final whistle and sometimes, it goes beyond the whistle. Both teams have a large following and the stakes on this game makes for an interesting dive in for Heathens fans too.
The match is between KOBs and Pirates but there is a third party which is affected by the outcome which is Heathens and so a lot of mathematics is involved. Heathens lie in wait to carry the spoils of war. This can only happen if they win against Rhinos, with a bonus point and then Pirates win against KOBs without a bonus point
If KOBs win, they will claim their 13th title and their 1st since 2014. Pirates are in search of their second title since they won it in 2018. Heathens are hoping this game will favor them for their second consecutive trophy to make it a total of 16. This is reminiscent of the 8th March 2019 fixture when Pirates beat KOBs to shatter their title hopes and handed the title to Heathens.
How is the game a title decider?
KOBS are unbeaten this season,with a total of 38 points and 6 bonus points. If they beat Pirates, they would have won the title with 42 points.
Yet even in the event of losing to Pirates, they would pick a losing bonus point, which would place them at 39 points and mathematically out of reach for the chasers.
If KOBs lose to Pirates and Heathens secure a win and a bonus point against Rhinos, Heathens will be crowned champions with 39 points and Pirates will come in second with 38 points if they don’t secure a bonus point against KOBS.
Pirates have a chance of piping both KOBS and Heathens to the title if they win and score 4 or more tries. Which will guarantee them 4 points and a bonus point.
Slight are the margins that will decide this year’s title with 3 teams still in the race even when KOBs have not lost a game this season.
Essentially the odds are on KOBs side after comfortably dispatching all the 8 teams they’ve played this season including Heathens who beat Pirates in a season opener at Kyadondo.
The game comes with the title at stake and both teams are without key players who are in South Africa with the Uganda Rugby 7s. It only means sheer determination and will is what will make this game. Either way it is a very interesting follow for the neutral.
May the best team win.