KRU CHAMPIONSHIP

Championship talking points, standings after round 13

Round 13 of the KRU championship league was played over the weekend with one clash pitting USIU against SC Pirates being postponed.

Catholic University overtook Western Bulls to take the first spot with three rounds left to play. Monks narrowly won 16-15 away to Mombasa to take their points tally to 48 while Bulls suffered a defeat at the hands of Kisii RFC. This leaves Bulls in the second position with 46 points while USIU hold the third position with 40 points despite not being in action.

Kisii registered an 11-8 win over visiting Bulls at the Gusii stadium to revive their playoff and promotion hopes. Beating Bulls was sweet revenge as Echulusi were the lone side in the top six to have won against them this season.   The Gusii based side has found a way to carve out narrow wins in their recent matches, winning three games from the kicks off the boot and this has seen them rise into position six as they look to secure a playoff position.

MMUST seems to have received a shot in the arm since being allowed to use their home ground. A 41-20 win over Kisumu last weekend will act as a message of their intentions this season. Now at fifth place with a total of 29 points, just one above sixth-placed Kisii, the students stand a good chance of securing a play off position.

Kisumu RFC are fourth on the log with 33 points, only five points above sixth-placed Kisii. There will be a reason for worry for the lakeside outfit as they have to face Kisii and Western Bulls before playing UOE in their last match of the regular season. They will need to win the tricky encounters by all means with Mombasa and UOE lurking and waiting not so far off in the log.

Mombasa fell to Monks while UOE picked a win over neighbors Kitale as Egerton who seem to have rejuvenated recorded their biggest win of the season, a 31-5 thumping of Ngong. This three teams cannot be entirely ruled out of the playoffs, with just four points between Egerton who are ninth and Kisii who hold the last playoff position.

Embattled Ngong RFC close the proceedings in the league with 15 points, SC Pirates taking the other relegation spot with 17 points. Pirates have a game in hand after meaning the relegation battle will continue and will probably be decided in the last match of the season.

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