After a scheduled bye-week, the Nile Special Stout Rugby Premier League returns in matchday five with all teams in action. Here is a quick rundown of all the major statistics you need to know from the first half of the season;

Top Try Scorers:

  • 6 – Pius Ogena (Kobs). Ogena scored 4 tries against Rhinos and 2 against Warriors in the first two matches of the season before departing for national duty. And his tally is yet to be passed.
  • 5 – Maxwell Ebonga (Hippos) and Justin Kimono (Kobs). Ebonga has been Hippos’ go-to man for tries this season while Kimono still possesses his try-scoring abilities in the new midfield position.

Best Kickers (by points):

  • 32 – Richard Kinyai (Warriors). Despite a sharp decline in accuracy, last season’s top points kicker Kinyai is still ahead of the rest with 10 penalties and 1 conversion.
  • 31 – Maxwell Ebonga (Hippos). The Hippos captain is on a good run of form even off the boot with 3 penalties and 11 conversions. It is one of the reasons he won the Best Rugby Player of the Month of March 2021 award by Real Star Sports.
  • 22 – Joseph Oyet (Heathens). Oyet has been a shadow of himself from last season, but his kicking has been among the top 3 this season, kicking 11 successful conversions.

[This metric would have been more representative with kick accuracy being recorded, which adds more unfamiliar names to the list]

Best and worst disciplined team:

  • 3 – Heathens, Hippos and Rams have been shown yellow three times which is the joint highest so far this season.
  • 0 – Kobs and Buffaloes are yet to see one of their players sent to the bin for any infringement during the match.

Best and worst defense (by points conceded):

  • 21 – Kobs have had the tightest defense so far this season. Matter of fact, the leaders are yet to concede a single try.
  • 153 – Impis have the leakiest defense on the log. Coincidentally, they held this position at the premature conclusion of the 2019/20 season.

Strongest and weakest attack (by points scored):

  • 199 – Kobs have scored a whopping 199 points in 4 matches. This is 30 more than all the teams in the bottom half of the table combined.
  • 25 – Impis not only have the leakiest defense but they also have the weakest attack. The Makerere-based club have scored only two tries, and these came in the first two matches of the season.

The season resumes on Saturday, April 10 and will continue until climax for five consecutive weekends.

Ernest Akorebirungi is an amateur rugby player and a keen follower of local Ugandan rugby.

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