Hippos fighting to retain fourth place

Hippos' Andrew Odhiambo charges on opponents. (courtesy)

RUGBY Hippos fighting to retain fourth place

Fred Mwambu 09:10 - 21.04.2023

Jinja Hippos had promised to carry the 7s form to the Nile Special Premiership but are now struggling to finish in fourth.

Jinja Hippos stunned the rugby fraternity when they went all the distance to win the Nile Special National 7s title last year.

They had promised to carry on that form into the premiership and shake at least one of the three top teams Heathens, Kobs and Pirates but as things look, that is not possible anymore.

The Hippos are currently fifth on the table standings with 35 points from 14 outings but are hoping to get points from the remaining four games to upstage Toyota Buffaloes who sit two points above them.

“Each point matters at this point irrespective of the opponent,” the current team captain Tawfiq Bagalana told Pulse Sports.

“We have to fight very hard to see that at least the team finishes in the fourth position. We had some targets but things did not go as planned and we now have to do more to finish in a respectable position for our fans,” He adds.

Bagalana’s words will be weighed against their results on Saturday as they take on Impis at Makerere.

They’ll play Heathens at Kyadondo, Rhinos in Jinja and then finish the league against Walukuba at the Dams Water.

Nile Special Premiership – Hippos remaining games;

April 22nd: Impis vs Hippos – Makerere, 2:00pm

April 29th: Heathens vs Hippos – Kyadondo, 4:00 pm

May 6th: Hippos vs Rhinos - Dam Waters, 4:00 pm

May 13th: Hippos vs Walukuba - Damwaters, 4:00 pm

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