The 2017/2018 Championship kicks-off return matches on Saturday, January 27, 2018, as relegation survival heats up.
After six rounds, although some teams have played fewer matches due to postponements, Menengai Oilers and Mean Machine lead the way with 24 points respectively.
Oilers and Machine have played five matches, won all of them and bagged bonus wins on four occasions. They comfortably seat in the semifinals slots.
Former Kenya Cup side Western Bulls has had a powerful start to the Championship winning four and losing once to sit third with 19 points as USIU is fourth with 12 points.
Closing playoff positions are Ngong RFC and Kisumu who have 11 points at position five and six respectively. Catholic Monks and Egerton follow closely with 11 and 10 points piling pressure on them.
As it stands, UoE and JKUAT remain strong relegation candidates as they have picked only five points(JKUAT has played three matches unlike UoE’s six).
South Coast Pirates and Moi University are ninth and 10th, positions that require one to play a promotion/relegation playoff with nationwide finalists.
On Saturday, matchday 6, Catholic hosts Ngong, JKUAT heads to USIU, Pirates visit Machine, Kisumu host Egerton, Moi takes on Oilers and UoE play Western Bulls.
Crossover matches will start on matchday 11 when the likes of Western Bulls and Egerton Wasps will be visiting Eastern Conference teams as Machine and Ngong RFC head to Kisumu and Moi University respectively.
Top two teams will qualify for Championship semis as positions three to six head to playoffs. Finalists will gain automatic promotion to the Kenya Cup.
Two bottom-placed teams will be relegated to the nationwide. Positions nine and 10 will go to relegation playoff.