BUCS | Division Two North Final – Coventry Jets vs Newcastle Raiders

Yes, believe it or not the BUCS season is still yet to conclude!

However, the final league fixture of the 2017/18 season gets underway this Saturday as two undefeated conference champs clash!

BUCS Division Two North Final:
Coventry Jets vs Newcastle Raiders

Undefeated, and mostly unchallenged, both these outfits have had a LOOOONG wait in order to conclude their 17/18 campaigns after snowed off games during the postseason caused all kindsa havoc – eventually culminating in this fixture being played a full month and a half after its initial scheduling!

In their much-abbreviated season – reduced to only five regular season fixtures following the withdrawal of two teams from their conference – the Jets were possibly the most dominant outfit in the tier – sauntering to a 5-0 regular season record, averaging more than a #50burger each time they took the field, while conceding a total of only 12 points across their five games.

They followed this up by making short work of their one playoff opponent, Liverpool, with a 54-19 win, before the weather saw them walkover the MudDogs in the semis.

Across from them, the Raiders had a bit of a tougher time of it in their regular season, with the Edinburgh Predators initially providing a tough test for the Newcastle side. However, they dominated their fixtures through the middle of the season, and despite being forced to twiddle their thumbs for the bulk of the latter part of their campaign due to forfeits from UWS and Hawoo, hit playoffs hard with a 42 point shut out win over Teesside.

This brought the Raiders up against the Tyrants, who’d led the BUCS Power Rankings through most of the season – another recently demoted side riding the wave of a dominant season right back into middle tier balling.

In a defensive showdown the Raiders edged out the Tyrants 8-6 to earn their spot in the Northern Final, initially scheduled for late March…

Nearly two months later, who really knows what we’re to expect from these two outfits? Odds are either side will be hard-pressed to field a full roster of starters this far out of the normal season – many players may be unavailable either do to course commitments, or potentially having already returned to summer league balling.

Certainly, at their peak, both these two teams are more than ready for middle tier action next season, and should provide one another with their toughest fixture of the season so far…

And by the looks of things you’ll be able to watch it live on Facebook!

Odds are, it’s the team with the most intact roster that takes this one… But who do the #TeamDC BUCS office, specially awoken from summer-hibernation, believe that will be?

Spoiler

Opting overwhelmingly in favour of the Jets – perhaps no surprise considering the Coventry team boasted perhaps the most dominant Division Two campaign we can remember!

The Jets could’ve, maybe should’ve, taken promotion a season ago, so they’re more than ready to mix things up in the middle tier, and Saturday will look to prove it.

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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