How Rugby League table looks like after 12 rounds

Kobs prop Collins Kimbowa powers through the Rhinos on Saturday (COURTESY PICTURE)

RUGBY How Rugby League table looks like after 12 rounds

Ndyamuhaki J Emanzi 09:11 - 28.03.2023

Brian Makalama’s Kobs continue to lead the way after 12 rounds of games with a massive 55 points and a points difference of 412.

The Nile Special Rugby Premier League title race has Kobs, Platinum Credit Heathens and Stanbic Black Pirates all aiming to be top after 18 games.

The difference between table leaders Kobs and third-placed Pirates is just three points, which can change this weekend.

Brian Makalama’s charges continue to lead the way after 12 rounds of games with a massive 55 points and a points difference of 412.

Their 31-08 win over Rhinos was far from straightforward, but the Blue Army got the job done, Alhajji Manano’s try late in the game confirming yet another bonus point victory.

Defending champions Heathens are made for the big occasion and defeated Kobs 17-15 at Legends on Match Day three to revive their campaign, having lost the opener to Pirates.

Heathens' Shadon Munoko in a foot race against Walukuba Barbarians on Saturday

From there on, Muhammad Athiyo’s troops have barely put a foot wrong in the title race and are just one point off the top (54) with six games left.

A points difference of 335 means that Heathens are some distance behind the log leaders (412) in scoring but that mathematics might not after should Heathens complete a double over their rivals on Saturday.

Pirates started the second round quite slowly, missing out on bonus points in two successive games against Rams and Toyota Buffaloes.

Pirates bury Impis at their own graveyard

17:25 - 25.03.2023

RUGBY Pirates bury Impis at their own graveyard

The Stanbic Black Pirates wrapped up what can be termed a good week with a sponsorship contract extension and new kit with a 32-10 bonus point win over the Impis on Saturday in the Nile Special Rugby Premiership at the graveyard in Makerere.

That has created a three-point difference between Marvin Odongo’s side and top spot, with two tough away games against Kobs and Heathens yet to come.

The Sea Robbers, on 52 points, can, however, close the gap or even leapfrog one of the two sides this weekend, considering one, if not both, will drop points.

Pirates will host Jinja Hippos, and a bonus point win will undoubtedly get them closer to the top of the log.

Tight race

Whereas the top three are in the hunt for the title, there is another fight on the log between Hippos and Buffaloes.

In what looks like the best-of-the-rest competition, the two sides are tied on 30 points, but the Jinja outfit has a much better points difference.

Makerere Impis are sixth on the log with 24 points, while seventh-placed Plascon Mongers have just 16 points.

Relegation battle

Rams will need to win a game to brighten their chances of staying in the top division this season.

After 12 games, Richard Lumu’s side has yet to win and only has a draw against fellow relegation-threatened Rhinos to show.

On just seven points, the Makerere side is rooted on the base of the log but is just two points behind Rhinos (9) and seven off eighth-placed Walukuba Barbarians (14).

The action will resume this weekend, and every point matters for teams in the title race and those fighting to save their league status.