BUCS Division One South Semi-Final Predictions

Playoffs are upon us, and with the postseason getting underway we shift the format of our predictions to consult our entire Uniball team on who they think will be progressing to the second round!

No points party in the middle tier – these are fully-fledged where teams are battling for a prestigious place in the premiership! (Oh, and points too.)

Portsmouth Destroyers (#1) vs Surrey (#4)

Possessing the longest win-streak in the #BritballNation, Pompey proved #TeamDC’s faith in them more than deserved last weekend as they followed up a unanimous verdict from our pundits with a powerful performance on the field of play – putting in their best offensive performance of the season when it mattered most!

Their 28-0 shut out victory emphasised that the Destroyers are finding form at the right time, and their offence might be starting to display the dominance their defence has possessed all season long.

It’s telling however that currently-homeless Portsmouth are yet to play a game outside their own conference, as they dismantled the Reading Knights for a third time this year last weekend, and on Sunday will face a familiar Surrey side who came-close-but-not-close-enough to dethroning the Destroyers during the regular season, with two single score losses.

However, Surrey’s convincing victory on Sunday over Kent gave at least some perspective on the relative strengths between conferences, and so if Portsmouth can survive the Stingers once more? They’re surely locked in as favourites for the Southern Title?

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Portsmouth Surrey

 

 

#TeamDC opt overwhelmingly for the Destroyers who will extend their win streak to 18 with a win on Sunday. A couple of staffers have picked the Stingers to finally find their way through the south cost side’s dominant defence, but all signs at the moment point to Pompey having a real shot at back to back Division Titles!!

Verdict: Destroyers blast into the Southern Finals! 

 

Cardiff Cobras (#2) vs Imperial Immortals (#3)

Imperial’s season has certainly been one to remember as the side sought to recover from two gruelling seasons as the punching bag of the Premiership South. They opened the season to a shaky start in an overtime loss to Kent, but found form as the season went on, finding ways to win-out in those tightly-contested fixtures, and thus swoop in and steal the conference crown on the final day of the regular season!

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Following last weekend’s nail-biting overtime win over Exeter, the Immortals are no strangers to the stifling defensive performances South West conference sides are capable of, so they’ll travel to #2 seed Cardiff knowing they’ll likely be needing their top offensive performance of the year to upset the stakes in this one.

Meanwhile, the Cobras may have ended their regular season on a bum note with a loss to the Bullets, but they bounced back on Sunday with a comfortable win over Cambridge – dominating the first half of football.

Cardiff have homefield advantage, but it’ll be interesting to see whether they’re once again forced to head to Bristol to actually get the game played, as the British winter has not been kind to welsh playing fields – will both sides having to travel impact the fixture at all?

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Cardiff Imperial

 

Apparently not!

We have to say, if there were any fixtures that we thought were going to receive a unanimous verdict from the Team, we wouldn’t have picked this one! Cardiff were run close by Exeter twice during the regular season, and Exeter and Imperial appeared on a par last weekend, so you’d have thought at least one of our pundits would have taken a punt on the London side?

Verdict: Immortals can’t survive the Cobra’s bite, Cardiff advance to the Southern finals!

 

 

 

There we have it ‘Nation – but who are YOUR picks to make it through the semi-finals  in the southern half of Division One?

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Nick

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