Welcome back to the Power Rankings!
DC’s light may not shine all that much longer unless we can figure something out, but dammit let’s see if it can at least shine brightly – with all the goodies and oldies!
We reach the true top of the pops, as we stack up the ten teams in the top tier.
10 – Bath Killer Bees
(0-8-0) Premiership South
Some valiant performances to round out the year, but the Bees are done in the top tier.
A return to the South West beckons to Bath, reigniting old rivalries.
9 – Loughborough Students
(1-6-0) Premiership North
Loughborough’s time at the top of the British University game came to a close a week earlier than expected, following Carnegie’s win over the Clan.
Don’t expect them to be out of the Premiership for long though.
8 – Portsmouth Destroyers
(2-4-0) Premiership South
A loss at the weekend against Herts, but they’ve proven they’re a worthy contender in the top tier this year. They still have a shot to poach the #3 spot in the South when they face the Titans this weekend.
7- Leeds Carnegie
(3-4-0) Premiership North
The return of Chris Winrow brings a much-needed spark back to the new boys to the North, and they claim their biggest scalp of the campaign so far, when it mattered the most – knocking off the reigning champs to secure their spot in the top tier for another year.
They take on Loughborough to round out their regular campaign this weekend and could yet leapfrog Derby into the #3 spot in the north.
6 – Swansea Titans
(3-3-0) Premiership South
The Titans took a win over the Bees at the weekend, but it was messier than I think they would have liked… sliding them a spot in the rankings.
They play the Destroyers for the first and only time this season at the weekend and can lock up the #3 spot in the South with a win.
5 – Derby Braves
(3-5-0) Premiership North
Resounding win to round out the year for the Braves, only emphasising how far they’ve developed through the season – turning around a 26-21 loss the last time they faced Loughborough, to a 33-6 thumping on Lugbugs’ home soil, and in front of their old boys at their annual homecoming game. Ouch.
4 – Stirling Clansmen
(4-3-0) Premiership North
No change for the Clan, despite the shock loss to Leeds.
Certainly it doesn’t bode well for Stirling to still be losing upset games this late into their campaign, but they’re locked into the #2 spot in the North regardless of any results this weekend.
They host Durham this weekend, with a last chance to prove their postseason ready – prepared to defend their title.
3 – Hertfordshire Hurricanes
(6-1-0) Premiership South
A strong performance from the Hurricanes over the Destroyers sets up a humdinger of a season finale against the Lions. It’s winner takes all (‘all’, being the Prem South Crown) this weekend in Hertfordshire!
2 – Birmingham Lions
(6-1-0) Premiership South
They’ve had a week to recover from their back-to-back games against the Bees and should come into this weekends Prem South Crown Showdown fighting fit.
Time for the Lions to prove whether they’re once more championship material…
1 – Durham Saints
(7-0-0) Premiership North
The Saints will look to secure an undefeated Prem North title this weekend, though we’re hearing rumblings that all might not be well within the Durham cloisters, with some of their Scholarship players potentially departing for distant shores early, for the summer seasons.