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Uganda Cup to resume; Makerere derby headlines Quaterfinal ties

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After a Christmas break, the Uganda Rugby Union has announced the resumption of the Uganda Cup.

This weekend marks the arrival of the men’s Uganda Cup quarterfinals, a stage historically known to commence the tournament before the recent addition of the Round of 16.

The URU introduced an innovative format for this year’s tournament, featuring a round-robin pool phase comprising twenty formidable teams.

Spread across eight weeks, this initiative aimed to heighten the tournament’s competitiveness and extend its duration.

This year’s campaign showcased a formidable lineup of twenty teams, each vying for victory in the Uganda Cup.

Among these were seasoned contenders like Heathens, Pirates, Kobs, Rhinos, Buffaloes, and other talented teams.

The increase in team participation naturally resulted in a more extensive array of matches, fostering heightened enthusiasm and engagement.

As the tournament advances, we now stand at the threshold of the highly anticipated quarterfinals, where no concessions will be granted by the eight surviving teams.

The fixtures are set for an action-packed weekend on January 6th, 2024, starting at 4:00 PM.

The defending champions, Platinum Credit Heathens, will commence the quarterfinals by clashing with the Jinja Hippos at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds.

Platinum Heathens gathering for a word before their game against Kobs.

Over at Legends Rugby Grounds, the KCB Kobs will greet this season’s League champions, the Stanbic Black Pirates, in what promises to be an electrifying encounter.

Moving to the third quarterfinal, Makerere’s own Impisi will host the Lifeguard Rams at a venue known as the graveyard.

Finally, the Kampani’s Eagles are set to challenge the Kyadondo-Based Plascon Mongers at Kitante in the fourth quarterfinal match, ensuring a weekend packed with intense rugby action.

This weekend also marks the closure of the group stages in the women’s Uganda Cup, presenting a culmination of riveting matches and intense competition.

The teams, segregated into two groups, Group A and Group B, showcase their prowess in the field.

As the 6th of January approaches, Nile Rapids assert their dominance atop Group A, securing an impressive 10 points.

In Group B, the Black Pearls lead the charge with a commendable 7 points.

To conclude these enthralling group stages, an array of compelling matches await fans. Thunderbirds are set to clash against Panthers at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds at 2:00 PM.

Simultaneously, the Black Pearls will battle the Eewes at Kings Park Arena, offering a spectacle at 4:00 PM.

In another captivating encounter, Avengers will host the formidable Nile Rapids at Busambaga Grounds in Entebbe.

Meanwhile, the Gulu Sprinters will face off against the spirited Kabale Berg Princesses, promising an exciting showdown.

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