The curtains will be coming down on the 2018/2019 regular season KRU Championship league this weekend with one clash pitting USIU against Ngong set to be played on Sunday at 11 am.
Western Bulls will be looking for maximum points when they make the trip to the Rift to face UOE. Sitting second on the log at 51 points, they will be looking for a win and hope USIU who are third on 49 points with 10 points still theirs for the taking, stumble. A second place and a home semi-final look unlikely for the Echulusi if USIU and Monks don’t drop points.
Sixth-placed Kisii will be looking for that bonus point win against MMUST at the MMUST grounds to cement a playoff berth. Kisii have a total of 32 points, level with Mombasa who are seventh but have conceded fewer points than the coastal outfit. It is a must win for the boys from Gusii Highlands while MMUST who have already secured a place in the playoffs will be looking to revenge for a defeat suffered at the Gusii stadium. Ochieng Ahaya charges are aiming a fourth-place finish.
Leaders Catholic University Monks will make a short trip to Nakuru to face Egerton Wasps. The monks will be keen to avoid the sting as a loss would mean dropping to third if USIU and Bulls win their remaining fixtures. With the top two spots still a doubt between the three, Monks will be praying for divine intervention when they play face Wasps in the only varsity derby that will be witnessed over the weekend.
For rugby lovers at the coast, the weekend presents a derby which will see Mombasa visit neighbours SC Pirates for the last leg of the George Barbour Memorial cup which Mombasa closely won 21-20 the first time the two met at the Mombasa sports club. It will be an important match for both teams with SC Pirates looking for a win to escape relegation while Mombasa need a bonus point win to contend for the last playoff position held by Kisii.
The only match that will be played in the capital sees USIU welcome Ngong at the university grounds in a clash moved to Sunday. USIU will who have a game in hand know that by scooping the maximum 10 points from the remaining games will assure them of a first or second place finish meaning a home semi-final for them.
Kisumu is the other team strongly in the playoffs and they will host relegation-threatened Kitale at the Kisumu Polytechnic. A loss for Kitale who are playing in the championship season for their maiden time will spell the worst news for them. Relegation!
USIU vs Ngong 11am USIU (7th April 2019)
Egerton Wasps vs CUEA Monks 4pm Egerton
SC Pirates vs Mombasa 4pm St Joseph Ukunda
Kisumu vs Kitale 4pm Kisumu Poly
UOE vs Western Bulls 4pm UOE
Masinde Muliro vs Kisii 4pm Masinde Muliro