Mamboleo Grounds will on Saturday host the KRU Championship clash pitting Kisumu RFC and MMUST, a clash that will determine who qualifies for the semis of the league.
The winner of this clash will face off former Kenya Cup side Catholic Monks in the semis scheduled for Catholic University Grounds in Nairobi.
Head to Head
This will be the third meeting between Kisumu and MMUST this season. The first meeting came on the second day of the regular season and MMUST were handed a 28-3 defeat.
The Kakamega based side revenged the loss by beating Kisumu 41-20 on matchday 13 of the regular season.
Kisumu 28-3 MMUST
MMUST 41-20 Kisumu
Kisumu had an impressive start of the season, losing just one of their opening five games. The other four ended in three wins and a draw. Howard Okwemba charges started off the year 2019 by suffering back to back defeats but would lift themselves up for six more wins which saw them finish fourth on the log.
The nine wins in the regular season earned the side 46 points. Kisumu scored a total of 265 points and conceded 186 in the 16 matches.
At the Lakeside City, Kisumu have suffered just one loss in eight matches played there. Only Catholic Monks managed to pick a win at the venue, Western Bulls, on the other hand, picked a draw from the venue. Last season, Kisumu reached the semis only for their journey to be cut short after a 32-3 loss to Menengai Oilers. They will be keen to return to the semis for the second time in a row.
Reaching the quarters is an achievement for MMUST as this is their debut season in the second tier. After suffering two straight defeats at the start of the season, the Kakamega Based side managed to push through to finish fifth on the log.
MMUST went to pick 10 wins in the 16 matches of the regular season. The side picked 42 points, scored 306 which saw them finish the regular season as the third-best attack in the second tier. Their defence let in 195 points.
The away record was not as good as their home record. Ochieng Ahaya charges only picked three wins on the road in the regular season. The wins were against UoE, Kitale and South Coast Pirates, the remaining matches ended as losses. The side warmed up for this clash with a fifth-place finish at the Great Rift 10s.
The students will be hoping to emulate Oilers who just needed a season to qualify for Kenya Cup.