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In the meantime, let’s check out how the Patriots of the #BritballNation see things stacking up in the top tier after the weekend’s action:
The Bury Saints slip out of their rankings. They 1-0, but their win over the Stallions was a narrow one.
A far great fall befell the Yorkshire Rams, who drop from the #6 spot right out of the bottom of the rankings following a gruelling defeat against the Roughnecks.
10. London Hornets (1-0-0) | New Entry
The Hornets make their 2019 rankings debut, despite being on a bye in Week Two.
They return to action in Week Three against the Stallions.
9. Aberdeen Roughnecks (1-1-0) | New Entry
Despite opening their year with a defeat, the Roughnecks make their Division One Rankings debut!
In truth, I’m almost surprised to not see them climb even higher, as their defeat of the Rams is easily the most shocking win of this young season so far – a Rams side that narrowly missed out on postseason action last year.
They’ll head to a well-earned by this weekend, before returning in Week Four with a tough-looking clash against the Northumberland Vikings in Week Four.
8. East Kilbride Pirates (1-0-0) | Up one
East Kilbride’s Week One win over the Roughnecks looks all the more impressive following the Roughnecks raucous victory over the Rams, and so EKP climb a spot in the rankings – and I’m almost surprised it wasn’t more!
However, we won’t see the Pirates next until Week Five, so they’ll need results to go their way to stay afloat in the rankings.
7. Shropshire Revolution (2-0-0) | No Change
A comprehensive win over the Mustangs in Week Two sees Shropshire readily maintain their ranking.
We’ll learn whether the Revolution should be considered real contenders this weekend, when they travel to the Steelers.
6. Hertfordshire Cheetahs (1-0-0) | Down Two
Perhaps rather harsh treatment for the Cheetahs this week, as they drop two spots despite not taking the field in Week Two.
They’ll likely need to wait until Week Four to reclimb the rankings – hosting familiar rivals the Dreadnoughts.
5. Sussex Thunder (1-0-0) | No Change
Sussex slide a spot following a bye, as victories elsewhere see teams leapfrog them up the rankings.
We’ll see the Thunder next in Week Four, travelling to the Thrashers in a fixture that’ll tell us a lot about the shape of the SFC 1 Central.
4. Cambridgeshire Cats (2-0-0) | Up Four
The Cats took a dominant win away from the Eagles in Week Two, rocketing them into the top half of the rankings.
They’ll thus feel confident about their next fixture of 2019, when they face the Eagles once more in Week Four.
3. Northumberland Vikings (2-0-0) | Down One
Despite earning their second win of the season in Week Two, the Vikings actually slide a spot down the rankings!
Certainly, their victory over the Tigers wasn’t quite as convincing as many might have expected from a team that aspire to promotion this season, and they likely need something more convincing to maintain a high ranking as the season goes on.
We’ll see the Vikings next in Week Four, travelling to a dangerous-looking Roughnecks.
2. Solent Thrashers (1-0-0) | Up one
Solent climb a spot as the Vikings fail to impress. The Thrashers opened their season with a big win, and will look for a second when they travel to the Saints this Sunday.
1. Sandwell Steelers (2-0-0) | No Change
A second big victory for Sandwell sees them maintain their #1 spot in the rankings – but will the same hold true next week when they take on a Shropshire Revolution side that are looking like their top contenders for the NFC 1 South crown, this Sunday?
This year we’ll also be tracking the rise and fall of each team in the rankings throughout the season with this handy graphic: