RUGBY AFRICA CUP

Four things to look out for in Uganda Rugby Cranes vs Kenya Simbas

The 2018 Elgon Cup first leg takes place this Saturday 26 May at the Legends Club in Kampala starting 4:30pm. 
Here are some of the things that could shape up major talking points after centre referee Cwengile Jadezweni blows the final whistle on Saturday evening.
Ian Snook
In what will be his first assignment since taking over the reins at the national 15s side, a lot will be expected of Ian Snook.His first task at hand will be guiding the side to an 11th Elgon Cup title and many will be keen to see the tactics employed by the much travelled gaffer who has had stints in his native New Zealand, England, Japan, South Africa, Laos, Ireland, Italy, Croatia and Australia.
Snook’s first performance on the touchline should be key in winning the hearts of Kenyan Rugby faithful.
Will the debutants justify their selection?
A total of 12 debutants will be on show at Legends club on Saturday evening; seven on the hosts side with Kenya having five.
Should they be called into action either as starters or off the bench, the likes of Elphaz Emong, Edgar Pajab, Nathan Bwambale, Paul Sekatte, Simon Olet, Adrian Kasito and Ian Munyani will have a huge task of paying the coach’s faith in them by putting their best foot forward while at the same time dealing with the immense pressure that comes with donning national team colours for the first time.
The same should also be said for players like Malcolm Onsando, Xavier Kipng’etich, Patrick Ouko,Joseph Odero and Andrew Chogo on the Kenya Simbas side.
Mugerwa’s first match as captain
Kabras Sugar loosehead Asuman Mugerwa will lead his mates out for the very first time in an international assignment since he was appointed skipper.Will the burly forward fit in the shoes of his predecessor Brian Odong by showing proper command?
Furthermore, Mugerwa will have to shoulder the burden of marshalling his fellow frontrowers to withstand the onslaught of the Kenyan scrum.
Kopondo’s absence
Who will fill captain Kopondo’s shoes? That is a question that many Kenyan rugby lovers would  ask with the likes of Oliver Mang’eni, Andrew Chogo and debutant Malcolm Onsando all in line to feature at second row.Will they replicate the performance of the Kenya Harlequins man? The answer will be known at 6:30pm Saturday
With Kopondo ruled out,KCB’s Davis Chenge has since taken over captaincy duties and is expected to lead the side out. He will be duputized by Samson Onsomu in that role.

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