Diggers eye league summit
Published On May 5, 2018 » 1061 Views» By Davies M.M Chanda » Rugby, Sports
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By RONALD CHAWE –
‘MEN At Work’ Diggers will be aiming to go top of the National Rugby League (NRL) with a win over ‘Powerhouse’ Lusaka as the skirmishes enter Week Nine.
Leaders Nkwazi, on 28 points and one ahead of Diggers, would be out of action after their opponents Kabwe Health Rugby Club (KHRC) made a late decision to withdraw from the NRL as they cited several challenges.
That decision prompted the Zambia Rugby Union (ZRU) to cancel all the games KHRC participated in and the move would see the league standings be revised accordingly.
Champions Red Arrows are off duty after their game against ‘Killer Bees’ Ndola Wanderers was put off on the request of the latter because of logistics issues are not pushovers and same was the case in the postponement of the match involving Green Buffaloes against Kitwe Playing Fields (KPF), who also had logistical challenges.
Diggers v Lusaka
DIGGERS host seventh placed Lusaka on 24 points aiming for maximum points to pile pressure on Nkwazi as they wait for the Week Eight abandoned game verdict to be passed.
Diggers also have a chance to go top should they beat fellow league champions Lusaka and coach Lawrence Njovu have enough manpower to fire to land the needed victory in Mwansa Chikonde, Jason Thole, Jubilee Chisenga, and Happy Siame.
Njovu would be, however, wary of the challenge Lusaka would pose as the midlands side equally have good players in Kasitu Kapelele, Emmanuel Phiri, Jacob Makasa and Temwani Koloko who can rise to the occasion and cause an upset.
In other matches, Mufulira A and B both on 25points have chances to go top of the table should results go in their favour and them beat Roan and Konkola respectively.
Ninth positioned Green Eagles with 19 points welcome Kansanshi as Chibuluma would entertain Nchanga in Kitwe.

 

ZRU NATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE TABLE WEEK 15
Team P W D L F A -/+ Earned Bonus Penalty Pts
Nkwazi 7 6 0 1 239 38 236 24 4 0 28
Diggers 6 6 0 0 322 25 297 24 3 0 27
Mufulira A 6 5 0 1 440 22 418 20 5 0 25
Buffalo 7 5 0 2 337 73 264 20 5 0 25
Mufulira B 6 5 0 1 315 48 267 20 5 0 25
Arrows 6 5 0 1 350 38 312 20 4 0 24
Lusaka 7 5 0 2 183 56 127 20 4 0 24
KPF 5 4 0 1 138 62 76 16 4 0 20
Green 7 4 0 3 114 109 5 16 3 0 19
Ndola 8 3 0 5 79 206 -127 12 3 0 15
Nchanga 7 3 0 4 42 196 -154 12 0 2 10
ROAN 8 2 0 6 88 201 -113 8 1 0 9
Chibuluma 6 1 1 4 61 84 -23 6 2 0 8
Kansanshi 8 0 1 7 24 393 -369 2 1 1 2
Konkola 8 0 0 8 36 675 -639 0 0 0 0
KHRC 8 0 0 8 13 576 -563 0 1 3 -2
As compiled by the ZRU.

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