Strathmore Leos and MMUST have already distanced themselves from the rest of the chasing pack and the bottom six teams are all feeling the relegation pressure.
Here is the preview of the Match Day 11 fixtures.
MMUST Vs Catholic Monks
The struggling Catholic Monks will make their first tour of Western Kenya this season to confront the rampant MMUST side. Catholic Monks are at position nine having conjured up only three wins from 10 games. They have blown cold this season considering it is a side that nearly qualified for Kenya Cup last year.
Masinde Muliro on the other side have run riot, they’ve won 9 of the 10 games played. MMUST come to this game fresh from a 33-7 drubbing of Mombasa in the Coast this past weekend. Spending over 14 hours on the road, running out in unfamiliar territory with temperatures skyrocketing up to 31°C and getting a victory of such a margin just shows how good this side is. The Kakamega based MMUST are poised to continue with their winning streak when they welcome Catholic Monks at Masinde Muliro Rugby grounds this Saturday.
Eldoret Vs Strathmore
The log leaders Strathmore return to Eldoret town barely a month, this time round to play Eldoret RFC. Strathmore Leos are still undefeated and have been ruthless in their wins, earning bonus point wins in eight of the ten games played. They play a side that has had mixed results. They lost their first few fixtures with close margins before finding foot and getting a couple of huge wins at their backyard. Playing against Strathmore will be an uphill task for the newbies and despite having a good run of form in their home ground.
Kisii Vs Mombasa
This will be one of the games to watch this weekend. Kisii sit at the bottom of the table with 0 points, their inability to honour away fixtures have really affected them because the Kenya Rugby Union deducts two points from sides that don’t honour their away games. Kisii have not travelled to play USIU, Strathmore, Catholic Monks and SC Pirates. They’ve been deducted a total of 8 points.
Mombasa who are also struggling to get out of relegation have been below par this season. Mombasa have won only two games against UoE Trojans and Catholic Monks. They also benefited from a walkover from a no show Eldoret RFC. They sit at second to last on the log with 13 points and will be hoping to get points in Kisii to stand a chance of playing in Championship league again later this year. However, if there is any hope left from the Kisii camp, this is going to be arguably a bruising contest.
USIU Vs Mean Machine
The second Varsity Derby of the weekend will pit the University of Nairobi against USIU at USIU-A Grounds. USIU find themselves at a playoff bracket after struggling in the first few games. USIU have managed four wins, one draw and five losses. Mean Machine sit third on the log with 31 points from 8 wins. USIU were victorious the last time this two sides met in Championship. Mean Machine will be keen to avenge the loss they suffered when they make a short trip to Kasarani.
UoE Vs SC Pirates
UoE Trojans will be facing off with SC Pirates for the fourth time since the formation of the Championship league. Both teams are having some rough times so far. SC Pirates come to this clash on the back of a walkover from a no show Kisii RFC. The Kwale-based side is known for putting in an outstanding shift at home but winning an away game has been a nightmare for the Pirates. They have dished out bonus point wins for every team they have visited.
On the other hand, The Trojans form has dimmed this season and they now find themselves feeling the heat of relegation. They are at position 10 with 15 points with Mombasa placed 11th with 13 points. This means any slip by the Trojans will put them under the pump. This will be a do or die game for the students and playing at home in front of their passionate home fans will give them an edge over the visiting South Coast Pirates.
Egerton Wasps Vs Northern Suburbs
Egerton and Suburbs will be meeting for the first time in history in the longer version of the game. Barring the well equipped Menengai Oilers in 2018, no team promoted to Championship from Nationwide have found the going so smooth than Northern Suburbs. Suburbs are now positioned at number four in the table just below the ‘big guns’ and they look set to secure a playoff berth when the dust settles in the regular games.
They travel to Nakuru to play Egerton Wasps this weekend. Both teams love to play an entertaining free-flowing brand of rugby. With Egerton being at home, they’ll be aiming to put a stop to the tremendous run of form Suburbs are having but they will be forced to work hard to get the much needed four points.