Jinja Hippos seem to be the most improved team in the Rugby Premier League this season albeit gaining promotion to the top tier just about four seasons ago.
In the previous season that ended prematurely due to COVID-19 disruptions, Jinja Hippos finished sixth on the 10-team table with 24 points from five wins and eight losses and with five games unplayed by all teams.
In the current (2021) season that will be played in only one leg due to the costs of running games in Covid-19 times, Jinja Hippos, coached by Rugby Cranes tactician Robert Sseguya are currently third on the table with 20 points from four wins and one loss, just a point above title holders Heathens who are fourth.
Hippos Captain Maxwell Ebonga feels good about his side’s good run in the campaign so far and now says that their target is to finish in the top four.
“Our goal is to finish in the top four in the league,” Ebonga told Uganda Rugby Union media with the league taking its final bend.
“We as a team are working hard to continually improve so we are able to leave nothing on the pitch. We look forward to our next three games against Kobs, Heathens and Black Pirates,” Ebonga added.
One can say that Jinja Hippos fairytale in the league this season is almost over for their next four fixtures include clashes against Kobs, Heathens and Black Pirates.
Jinja Hippos host Kobs this Saturday (17th, April 2021) at Dam Waters at 3 p.m. Both sides were victorious last time out with the former beating Rams 30-00 at home while the latter beat title holders Heathens 19-11 at Legends Grounds to increase their title credentials.
With Kobs seeking to relieve Heathens of the title, Jinja Hippos will also seek to stop the highly paced side to sail to victory at Dam Waters but it will be a daunting task especially for the home side to get victory.
Clashes against Heathens and Black Pirates will also be daunting for Hippos especially with the race for this season’s shortened league likely to go to the wire.
As it stands now, Kobs lead the table with 24 points, just three ahead second placed Black Pirates, four ahead of third placed Jinja Hippos and five ahead of fourth placed Heathens.
On Saturday, Heathens will seek redemption when they host bottom placed Warriors in a lunch time (2 p.m) fixture at Kyadondo Rugby Club. Black Pirates will also play later at the same venue away against Buffaloes.