The Junior game is hitting crunch time as we now know which Northern programmes will be seeing postseason action – though things remain more complicated in the south!
The Etone Jaguars picked up their second victory of the season, following on from their strong outing against the playoff-bound Birmingham Lions with another win over the Phoenix, setting the Jags up to finish their debut season with a winning record if they can get the better of the Caesars on the 20 July.
The Chorley Buccaneers gave themselves a shot at extending their season, overcoming an early deficit to send the Assassins away with a loss… only for the Manchester Titans to shut the door on any chance of Chorley extending their season when they took apart the Birmingham Lions to the tune of a 6-66 thumping.
Of course, it’s tough to read too much into the scoreline as the Lions knew they’d already locked up Britbowl Semis action… But it’ll certainly be interesting if the two teams meet again in the Northern Trophy final!
In the South, however, there was a lot more going on as many of the top contenders went toe-to-toe!
With results perhaps going against expectations, there’s been some big shifts in which teams are going to be extending their seasons!
Major beneficiaries from the weekend’s results weren’t even in action themselves – the London Blitz locked up the D1 South title courtesy of the Solent Seahawks picking up a crucial win over the Hertfordshire Cheetahs.
With Herts having lost out to both the Seahawks and Exiles, now even if they were to get the better of the Blitz in the two teams’ season finale it wouldn’t be enough to clinch the #3 berth.
Tack on that the Kent Exiles coming up short against the London Warriors and all of a sudden what was looking like a very complex end of the season in the South has cleared up entirely!
Blitz take the title, and with the Warriors having beaten both Solent and Kent, even if they were to lose to Cobham in their final fixture they’d still finish second. Solent and Kent may not have met, but the Seahawks’ strong defence this season has put them in good stead, locking up the third-place spot and the opportunity to defend their the Southern Trophy title!
Saturday 06 July
Tamworth Phoenix 0-40 Etone Jaguars (FT)
Sunday 07 July
Chorley Buccaneers 46-22 Yorkshire Academy Assassins (FT)
Birmingham Lions 6-66 Manchester Titan (FT)
Kent Exiles 12-32 London Warriors (FT)
Solent Seahawks 33-6 Hertfordshire Cheetahs (FT)
Wembley Stallions 66-0 Cambridgeshire Cats (FT)
SE Legion 24-42 Cobham Cougars (FT)