Dmark Kobs Versus MTN Heathens


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Venue: Kyadondo Rugby Club

Time: 3:00 PM

Gate Fee: Ushs 5000

MTN Heathens are the current holders on a 33-23 agreggate.Who ever wins the Uganda Cup also wins the Lions Cup for 2012.

The local rugby clashes do not come much bigger than Kobs versus Heathens. That there explains the hype surrounding this weekend’s Uganda Cup final.

DMark Kobs who have won the two previous Uganda Cups find themselves in the uncanny position playing away from home at Kyadondo grounds. Kobs unknowingly became tenants on their home ground following the controversial secret sale of their facility by the KRC Excomm but that is scandalous story for another day.

Defending champions DMark Kobs will face a familiar foe in MTN Heathens.The rivalry between these two clubs back over 2 decades and both clubs account for over 90% of all trophies in all competitions in Uganda rugby.

DMark Kobs have looked sharp with mercurial standoff Edmond Tumusiime pulling the strings, combining very well in midfield with fellow international Ambrose Kamanyire. Flying winger Justin Kimono has been executing try after try.

The Kobs back row has been bolstered by the return to form of flanker Ronald Musajja who prior to this competition had a very average season. Kobs are well balanced in all departments and boost a solid front row of internationals Brian Odong, Paul Barigye and Oscar Echulu.

MTN Heathens on the other hand have had a interesting run in this tournament. Interesting because they have defied several odds.

Ravaged by injuries and suspensions before the Uganda Cup, MTN Heathens kept faith in their current squad and refusing to delve into the transfer market.

They have still managed dominate and afford to be wasteful in equal measure. The casualty list though has continued to mount during the tourney for the record Uganda Cup champions.

The lates victim is yet another key player, flanker Mathias Ochwo who pulled a muscle in the semi final against Pirates and will miss the finals. Hardly had MTN Heathens welcomed winger Bishop Onen from suspension when the sad news broke that locks Romano Ogwal and Dennis Mulo lost their father .

They too will not be available for the finals. With Alex Mubiru, Jude Kerrmundu, Evans Kingasia and Mathias Ochwo absent; MTN Heathens look stretched to the limit. This however seems to have transformed MTN Heathens into a one solid unit working as a team if their semi final performance is anything to go by.

Players to watch:

For DMark Kobs: Edmond Tumusiime is always exciting to watch and has shown some glimpses of his old form while wing Justin Kimono will always be lethal when given space to open the burners. Prop and Captain Brian Odong will be fearsome at the scrummages and watch out for his ball carrying prowess. Flank Ronald Musajja has shown the promise we always knew he had and he will want to prove his worth in the finals.

For MTN Heathens: As explained earlier it’s difficult to pick out a key player for MTN Heathens as they have lost so many crucial players. Stand in Skipper Scott ‘300’ Oluoch who put in a man of the match performance in the semi finals against G4S Pirates will be crucial to his team’s hopes, and he will rely on center Michael ‘Wokos’ Wokorach and full back Benon Kizza to rally the troops in the backline.

Head to head: Steven Ogwete (Kobs) and Arthur Mukama (Heathens) are two No.8s with contrasting but effective styles and their clash will be something to relish.

Justin Kimono (Kobs) and Bishop Onen (Heathens) at the wing never fail to disappoint when they come head to head and their clash promises to be one of the main high lights of this final.

Another battle to watch will come from Heathens full back Benon Kizza who faces an upcoming young opponent in the form of Joseph Aredo (Kobs).


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