While the rugby circles seem to be in chaos over the actions at legends both good and bad, the battle at the bottom is taking shape.
Jinja Hippos seem to have channeled the survival instincts of last season as they beat the Plascon Mongers in Jinja to push further away from the horror of being in the relegation bound position 10.
Prior to the weekend, it was already anticipated as the most fair of all games in which the bottom three were involved. Having heard of the Walukuba thumping by Rhinos, the zeal in Jinja seemed to have gone up a notch, welcoming and humbling a worryingly off form Mongers side whose woeful away form continues to show.
Losing to neighbours Walukuba hurt the Hippos, but this 24-12 win against Mongers revives they hopes and puts destiny firmly back in their hands.
Elsewhere, the MRI Rams huffed and puffed but the green army kept marching forward as they swept Rams away, to the horror of their home fans.
One more round to end the first leg of fixtures but competition is at its peak with every team not wanting to lose their elite league status. No one wants play in the Shield.
As it happened for the bottom three
Rhinos 64-05 Barbarians
Rams 03-39 Heathens
Hippos 24-12 Mongers