It is close to nineteen hours to the big one and the two protagonists in Saturday’s championship match at the 10th Bamburi Rugby Super Series have named their final twenty two.
Defending champions UAP Rhinos make four changes to the side that started their 20-19 semi final win against the Lions, bringing on Joseph Kang’ethe, Edwin Achayo, Dennis Muhanji and Chris Oduor for joint tournament top try scorer Wilson Kopondo, Martin Muita, Meshack Ochieng and Ian Chewaini.
The Rhinos will look to the experience of captain Joel Ng’ang’a, who has been part of all their five previous championship winning teams in 2003,2007,2009,2010 and 2011 and Victor Sudi, gunning for his fifth crown in a Rhinos jersey and seventh overall Bamburi Rugby Super Series crown.
Dimension Data Rwenzori, the first Ugandan side to reach the final will be without the dependable Romano Ogwal, out with a finger injury but have still included Marvin Odong and Steve Ogwete who have landed eight tries between them during this campaign.
Rwenzori will pin their hopes on Edmund Tumusiime, Tony Kinene and Marvin Odong as they go in pursuit of a maiden Bamburi Rugby Super Series crown.
Rhinos: 15. Chris Oduor, 14.Eric Mochache, 13.Dennis Muhanji, 12.Nick Baraza, 11.Victor Sudi, 10.Eden Agero, 9.Edwin Achayo, 8.Leslie Libasia,7.Brian Nyikuli, 6.Tony Mutai, 5.Joseph Kangethe, 4.Edwin Makori, 3.James Kangethe, 2.Dennis Abenga, 1.Joel Ng’ang’a Reserves: 22.Meshack Ochieng, 21.Martin Muita, 20.Bernard Nyambok, 19.Nick Lang’o, 18.Wilson Kopondo, 17.Dennis Karani, 16.Sammy Warui
Rwenzori:15. Anthony Kinene, 14.Justine Kimono, 13.Andrew Baraza, 12.Paul Kabazi, 11.Felix Lubega, 10.Edmund Tumusiime, 9.Davis Kiwalabye, 8.Marvin Odong’, 7.Steve Ogwete, 6.Timothy Dumba, 5.Joel Anguyo, 4.Victor Wadia, 3.Martial Tchumkam, 2.Solomon Mawanda, 1. Brian Odong Reserves: 22. Dennis Etuket, 21.Oscar Kalyango, 20. Ambrose Kamanyire, 19.Ronald Musajjaguranyago, 18.Timothy Kabonero, 17.Oscar Echulu, 16.James Kimono
This match kicks off at 4.00pm and will be aired on Supersport 9 East