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Championship Cup: Western Bulls, Kisii kickoff at home
By Patrick Korir | Fri 06 Jul, 2018 13:03

Kenya's second tier league the Championship kicks off on Saturday 17 November 2018 and will end on Saturday 11 May 2019.

This has been revealed by the Kenya Rugby Union as they issued a full calendar of activities for the upcoming season.

Also read Kitale promoted to the Championship, How MMUST landed in KRU Championship league

As was the case last year 12 teams will be taking part under a retained structure. The participants are in two pools of six teams each playing home and away fixtures within their pool and a crossover fixture against sides from the other pool before. At the end of the season the top six head for playoffs.

USIU, Catholic University, Mombasa RFC, South Coast Pirates, Egerton University and Ngong RFC are in pool A.

Last year’s semifinalists Western Bulls and Kisumu RFC headline a tough pool B that also has Kisii RFC, University of Eldoret (UoE) as well as two promoted Nationwide sides Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technlogy (MMUST) and Kitale RFC.

Nationwide champions MMUST and runnersupr Kitale RFC start their chase for a place in Kenya Cup next season with away games to Western Bulls and Kisumu RFC  respectively.

UoE and Ngong RFC, two teams that held on to their Championship status after surviving end of season playoff battles, start away to relegated Kisii RFC and USIU, correspondingly.

Also read Ngong protects Championship status

Another relegated side Mombasa RFC will have Ukunda's South Coast Pirates in their season opener as Catholic University welcomes their college counterparts Egerton.

Championship fixtures run concurrently to the Kenya Cup and will require 16 match days to conclude all preliminary and crossover games by 4 April 2019.

Top six playoffs will be on 27 April as the two teams to be promoted to the Kenya Cup will be revealed during the semis on 4 May.

The day for the Championship bragging rights by the two promoted teams will be during the final on 11 May

Pool A: USIU, Catholic University, Mombasa RFC, South Coast Pirates, Egerton University and Ngong RFC

Pool B: Western Bulls, Kisumu RFC, Kisii RFC, University of Eldoret (UoE), MMUST, Kitale RFC.

Match Day 1: Saturday 17 November 2018

USIU v Ngong

Catholic v Egerton

Mombasa v SC Pirates

Western Bulls v Kitale

Kisumu v MMUST

Kisii v UoE

Match Day 2: Saturday 24 November 2018

Egerton v USIU

SC Pirates v Catholic

Ngong v Mombasa

MMUST v Western Bulls

UoE v Kisumu

Kitale v Kisii

Match Day 3: Saturday 1 December 2018

USIU v SC Pirates

Catholic v Mombasa

Egerton v Ngong

Western Bulls v UoE

Kisumu v Resolution Kisii

MMUST v Kitale

Match Day 4: Saturday 8 December 2018

Mombasa v USIU

Ngong v Catholic

SC Pirates v Egerton

Kisii v Western Bulls

Kitale v Kisumu

UoE v MMUST

Match Day 5: Saturday 15 December 2018

USIU v Catholic

Egerton v Mombasa

SC Pirates v Ngong

Western Bulls v Kisumu

MMUST v Kisii

UoE v Kitale

CHRISTMAS BREAK

Match Day 6: Saturday 12 January 2019

USIU v Kitale

Catholic v MMUST

Mombasa v UoE

Western Bulls v Ngong

Kisumu v Ngong

Kisii v SC Pirates

Match Day 7: Saturday 19 January 2019

Egerton v Western Bulls

SC Pirates v Kisumu

Ngong v Kisii

MMUST v USIU

UoE v Catholic

Kitale v Mombasa

Match Day 8: Saturday 26 January 2019

USIU v UoE

Catholic v Kisii

Egerton v Kitale

Western Bulls v SC Pirates

Kisumu v Mombasa

MMUST v Ngong

Match Day 9: Saturday 9 February 2019

Mombasa v Western Bulls

Ngong v Kisumu

SC Pirates v MMUST

Kisii v USIU

Kitale v Catholic

UoE v Egerton

Match Day 10: Saturday 16 February 2019

USIU v Kisumu

Egerton v Kisii

SC Pirates v Kitale

Western Bulls v Catholic

MMUST v Mombasa

UoE v Ngong

Match Day 11: Saturday 23 February 2019

USIU v Western Bulls

Kisumu v Catholic

Mombasa v Kisii

UoE v Pirates

Egerton v MMUST

Kitale v Ngong

Match Day 12: Saturday 2 March 2019

Ngong v USIU

Egerton v Catholic

SC Pirates v Mombasa

Kitale v Western Bulls

MMUST v Kisumu

UoE v Kisii

Match Day 13: Saturday 16 March 2019

USIU v Egerton

Catholic v SC Pirates

Mombasa v Ngong

Western Bulls v MMUST

Kisumu v UoE

Kisii v Kitale

Match Day 14: Saturday 23 March 2019

SC Pirates v USIU

Mombasa v Catholic

Ngong v Egerton

UoE v Western Bulls

Kisii v Kisumu

Kitale v MMUST

Match Day 15: Saturday 30 March 2019

USIU v Mombasa

Catholic v Ngong

Egerton v SC Pirates

Western Bulls v Kisii

Kisumu v Kitale

MMUST v UoE

Match Day 16: Saturday 6 April 2019

Catholic v USIU

Mombasa v Egerton

Ngong v SC Pirates

Kisumu v Western Bulls

Kisii v MMUST

Kitale v UoE

Championship Top 6 Playoffs: Saturday 27 April 2019

Championship Semis: Saturday 4 May 2019

Championship Final: Saturday 11 May 2019

Patrick Korir
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