By Martin Kaddu:
With one win in the 2018/19 Nile Special Rugby Premiership season after eight games, MRI Rams are ninth on the 10-team table with five points –just like bottom placed Walukuba Barbarians save for the difference in tries conceded. Rams only win was on the road against Walukuba on match day four, and their hunt for a second triumph has remained a hard task. Rams, Walukuba and Jinja Hippos have endured single victory they picked between themselves. However, Hippos are off that bracket after they stunned Entebbe based Plascon Mongers 24-12 over the weekend to claim their second victory in succession –also their maiden back to back wins. In the premiership, a minimum team needs at least three to four victories to escape the axe. With Hippos seemingly getting on track, the ball is now in the hands of Rams and Walukuba to fight against the guillotine. Walukuba is making their top flight league debut and relegation might not be a shock. However, Rams have a reliable sponsor; Kampala MRI Centre and individuals. At the moment, Rams players and coaches should be very wary of the relegation scare and must learn a lesson from last season’s premiership that saw their Makerere Graveyard neighbors Impis get relegated as Warriors survived the axe -only to return as a strong force and now considered potential title contenders. Last season, Rams were not safe until the last game and their struggles especially against the big teams have persisted even this season. So far, the only good news for Rams is that their second round games against Walukuba and Hippos will be at their own backyard. These are must win games for Richard Lumu’s men if they are to play in the top tier next season.