BAFA NL ’19 | Power Rankings: Premiership Week Five

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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:

 

12. Farnham Knights (0-2-0) | No Change

The Knights need to start putting up some points. They’ve survived their gruesome Warriors/Blitz trial by fire to kick off 2019, and their hosting of the Olympians this weekend is their best bet to start rediscovering their mojo.

Of course, considering the strong showing the Os put in against the Blitz in Week Five, Farnham shouldn’t go into this one expecting too much of a step-down in quality of opposition.

 

11. Bristol Aztecs (0-2-0) | Down Three

Two games in and the Aztecs points total on the year is also two – a lone safety against the Blitz the sum of Bristols points production so far this season.

When a Premiership offence can’t put up points, it’s  a definite cause for concern. And it’s not like life’s about to get any easier for the South West side, as they hit to road to the scarily strong looking London Warriors this weekend.

 

10. Sheffield Giants (0-4-0) | No Change

The Giants simply can’t catch a break this season it seems!

Their defence absolutely balled out in Week Five, the three-man front causing all sorts of problems for Manchester’s offensive line.

With three of their four defeats coming by less than a score, Sheffield are a much better outfit than their 0-4 record would imply.

 

9. Edinburgh Wolves (1-1-0) | Down Two

A disappointing trip south of the wall for the Wolves as they were unable to following through on a resilient first-half performance, eventually finding themselves outpaced by hosts, Merseyside.

They’ll want to show short memories this week however, as Tamworth come to town and the Edinburgh outfit will be eager to take their best shot at a Phoenix side that hasn’t shown near as much fire as we’d come to expect from them in previous seasons.

It’s the third of five straight fixtures for Edinburgh this Sunday, so they’ll also want to be taking good care of their roster, hoping to remain as healthy as possible for upcoming clashes against Manchester and Merseyside once more.

 

8. Leicester Falcons (1-2-0) | Up One

Leicester sneak up a spot int he rankings following the first of three byes.

The Falcons finally return to Action in Week Eight when they face their toughest test of their season so far –  a trip to the Tamworth Phoenix!

 

7. Kent Exiles (1-1-0) | Up Four

 

 

Biggest climbers this week are the Kent Exiles who notched up their first top tier victory with a win over the Aztecs, in Bristol.

If we ignore some of the controversy surrounding the fixture, it ultimately represents a massive achievement for the Exiles, and follows up on a strong debut against the Olympians in Week Four.

They’ll play host to the London Blitz this Sunday, their toughest test in the top tier so far…

 

6. London Olympians (1-1-0) | No Change

Credit where it’s due, the Olympians might have come up short in Week Five against the Blitz, but they more than made a game of it – missing out by a single score in a 14-21 defeat to cross-capital rival that posted up over a hundred points against the Os in the two meetings between the two teams last summer.

If a fixture that harkens back to when the two teams were the pinnacle of the British game, the Olympians travel to the Knights this Sunday.

 

5. Manchester Titans (2-0-0) | Down One

What’s this?! We finally see some shifts in the top half of the table as the Manchester Titans fail to impress with their narrow win over the Sheffield Giants in Week Five.

Though the Titans’ D continued its fine form, Manchester’s offence simply couldn’t get going at the weekend against an ultimately winless Sheffield Giants.

For the first time in quite some time, the Titans aren’t currently considered the #2 team in the north!

 

2. London Blitz (3-1-0)

Hold your horses, Chicken Little, the sky’s not falling – only the London Blitz out of the top three!

Yep, perhaps our Patreons collectively decided to mix things up a bit this week as the London Blitz fall outside the top three spots in the Premiership Power Rankings for… well, let’s just say quite some time!

Having struggled through their first half against Bristol, taken a beating at the hands of the Warriors, and barely come away with a one-score win over an Olympians side they brushed aside with ease in 2018… it’s clear the Blitz aren’t yet performing to the standard we’ve come to expect from them this season.

They take a trip to the Exiles this Sunday – could the newcomers to the top tier prove to be a potential trap game?

 

3. Merseyside Nighthawks (2-1-0) | Up Two

Nope, your eyes doth not deceive you! The Merseyside Nighthawks are indeed currently ranked as the #3 team in the country by our Patreon pollsters!

Disappointing outings in Week Five from both the Titans and Blitz left the door open, and a hungry second-half performance from the Nighthawks to take a big win over the Wolves allowed the Liverpudlian outfit to swoop in and steal the #3 spot.

How long they can expect to hold it?

Well, that likely depends on how well they perform in their visit from the Manchester Titans, this Sunday.

 

2. Tamworth Phoenix (2-0-0) | No Change

Still building up their flames, the Tamworth Phoenix return to action this weekend with a trip to the Wolves. Having appeared somewhat… pedestrian, at least compared to the standard they set for themselves last year, the Phoenix nonetheless reclaim the #2 spot in the country courtesy of an underwhelming performance from the London Blitz last weekend.

 

1. London Warriors (2-0-0) | No Change

 

Yet another unanimous selection of the Warriors as the #1 team in the country this week, as the rest of the Prem South tore chunks out of one another last weekend.

The Warriors return to action on Sunday, hosting an Aztecs side who are yet to score their first points of the season… And could well be forced to wait another further week if the Warriors play to form this weekend!

 


 

This year we’ll also be tracking the rise and fall of each team in the rankings throughout the season with this handy graphic:

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