BAFA National Leagues Predictions – Division Two: NFC Semi Finals

We’ve hit the final four stage across the Division Two playoffs as teams from the NFC2 and SFC2 battle it out for places in the respective finals and promotion to Division One for 2018. Win, and they’re promoted, it’s that simple…

 

Shropshire Revolution vs Gateshead Senators

The #1 ranked Revolution continued their march through the third tier last weekend as they took apart the visiting Morecambe Bay Storm in a 60-8 shellacking. After averaging 43.6 points per game during the regular season, Shropshire stormed (sorry…) out to a FIRST QUARTER lead of 47-0 in the quarter-final, with the mercy rule eating up much of the remaining game.

Gateshead entered the post-season on the back of a solid 9-1 regular season, losing only the final game in a 54-46 defeat to the conference winning Leeds Bobcats. Squaring off against the #5 ranked Chester Romans, the Senators were once again involved in a high-scoring affair, edging out Chester 44-38. With a solid run game, do they have enough offensively to breakdown a Revolution defense that has given up just 8 points per game?

SF Revolution vs Senators

…our team certainly don’t think so! It’s a clean sweep for the 11-0 Revolution as they look to continue their remarkable season in to the NFC2 final. Considering their performances thus far, it’s hard to bet against them.

 

Leeds Bobcats vs Glasgow Tigers

The other team in the NFC2 with a perfect regular season, Leeds Bobcats also dominated in their quarter-final last weekend, slamming a burger on the visiting Staffordshire Surge in a 52-8 win. Whilst some in the Bobcats camp took issue with NFC2 Central correspondent Stuart predicting a Senators win in the regular season finale, it would appear the prediction served as perfect bulletin board material. Couple that with the nifty hashtag #OheeulNo after the Premier North correspondent perhaps foolishly backed Staffordshire last week, Leeds seem quite content to use these articles as the pantomime villains in their quest for NFC2 glory?

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Glasgow eked past Aberdeen for the trillionth time in 2017, eventually claiming a 17-6 victory at the weekend. Their biggest issue heading in to Leeds is the low offensive output. Averaging less than 20 points per game (19.88), the Tigers will be up against a free-scoring Bobcats side.

SF Bobcats vs Tigers

Matthew sticks with his conference, but we await with baited breath to see how Leeds will respond to JJ backing the Tigers. Other than that, the rest of #TeamDC reckon we’ll witness a battle of the perfect seasons in the NFC2 final.

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