BUCS Clarify Postseason Formats for All Three Tiers

The communication out of the BUCS office has been great this week as they continue to de-mystify the postseason by sharing extra info with us about how it’s all going to work from here!

No more speculation about who’ll be playing who – with this info you’ll be able to figure out precisely who your team’ll┬ábe facing next should they emerge victorious once the dust settles on Sunday!

Premiership (National Championship Playoffs)

Draw as per BUCScore. There are two brackets (top half of the draw, Matches 1 and 2, and bottom half of the draw, Matches 3 and 4), within which, the highest remaining seed in each half come the semi-final stage shall be the host.

So, if for example, Stirling beats Swansea in Match 3 they will not inherit their seeding and will be away to the winner of Match 4 (Leeds Beckett or Birmingham).

Division One (National Trophy Playoffs)

Draw as per BUCScore. There are two brackets (North=top half of the draw, Matches 1-4, and South=bottom half of the draw, Matches 5-8).

Teams were seeded to work out the initial matches, AND, throughout the competition the highest ranked remaining team in each bracket will host the lowest ranked remaining team within that bracket, with other fixtures adhering to the format.

So, if for example, Northumbria were to beat Sheffield Hallam on Sunday, they’d still need to travel away to whoever the highest remaining seed in the North might be – Newcastle, for example, should they defeat NTU.

Conference Cups

These two competitions are not bracketed. Teams were seeded to work out the initial matches, AND, throughout the competition the highest ranked remaining team will host the lowest ranked remaining team within that bracket, with other fixtures adhering to the format.

So, in the South for example, Essex know they’re home for as long as they’re in the playoffs. Meanwhile, Sussex are destined to be wanderers throughout any potential playoff run!

 

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Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1