BUCS | Power Rankings: Premiership, Week Nine

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.

With the four Prem showdowns largely going as expected… will we see much movement in this week’s rankings?

10 – Bath Killer Bees

No Change
(0-5-0) Premiership South

The Bees are one loss away from effectively calling a close to their time in the Prem, and the have the unenviable task of earning that win this weekend… against a gotten-hot Birmingham Lions.

9 – Leeds Carnegie

Down One
(2-4-0) Premiership North

The Carnegie’s free-fall down the rankings continues – their two wins and two hotly contested games against the best the Prem North had to offer all seems like a distant memory now…

Since the break, the newcomers to the top tier have seen two shutout defeats and last week were without the playmaking heart of their offence, Quarterback Chris Winrow, due to a shoulder injury.

Defences may win championships, but you can’t win any games if you can’t score any points, and all of a sudden a team that looked like a sure thing to be the first addition to the Prem North to survive a season are sliding ever-closer to the drop spot.

 

8- Loughborough Students

Up One
(1-4-0) Premiership North

Loughborough climb a spot thanks to the fact that they no longer appear to have the most anaemic offence in the top tier.

In fact, they turned a good few heads last week when they took a two-score lead over the conference-topping Saints.

It wasn’t to last, the Saints marching back with a torrent of scores in the second half, but the decline of Leeds Beckett in recent weeks has given the erstwhile Aces some hope that they can yet save their Premiership status before the year is out.

 

7 – Portsmouth Destroyers

No Change
(2-3-0) Premiership South

A nice win for Pompey that goes a long way to securing their Premiership status for at least another year. They still appear off the pace of the top contenders in the Prem South, but will be eyeing these weekend’s Birmingham-Bath showdown to learn if they’re guaranteed at least another season of top-tier balling.

6 – Derby Braves

No Change
(2-4-0) Premiership North

From looking like favourites to take the plunge into Division One balling after an 0-4 start to the season, the Braves are suddenly the on-form team in the North.

Whether that form will survive through this weekend’s matchup with the table-topping Saints is another matter however…

 

5 – Stirling Clansmen

No change
(3-2-0) Premiership North

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With a week to lick their wounds following a gruelling triple overtime loss to the Braves, don’t expect the Clan to go easy on Loughborough this weekend as they look to ensure at least home-field status for the first leg of the postseason.

4 – Swansea Titans

No change
(2-2-0) Premiership South

Titans drop their second game of the season, but it’s notable that they still kept the head to head over the Lions in their single score loss at the weekend.

With both teams above them already carrying a loss each, it means the Titans are far from out of the race for the top spots in the Prem South and if they can overturn their single-score loss to the Hurricanes this weekend? They’ll be right in the mix at the top of the table, giving us a great three-horse race for the title and home-field advantage in the postseason.

4 – Hertfordshire Hurricanes

No change
(4-1-0) Premiership South

After nearly two months off, the ‘Canes return to action this weekend with a trip to Swansea. With Birmingham besting them before the break, the Lions recent fixtures have seen them overtake Herts at the top of the table.

As such, they’ll be eager to move into pole position one again this weekend, but must first best a Swansea side that were no walkover when the two teams met back in Week Four, the ‘Canes edging out the Titans 14-6 at home in Hertfordshire.

Win this weekend and they’ll more than likely set up a crucial conference-crown deciding clash against the Lions in Week Twelve… But lose and things will certainly get interesting at the top of the table in the South.

 

2 – Birmingham Lions

No Change
(4-1-0) Premiership South

A crucial win for the Lions, though we’re sure they’d have preferred it by a healthier margin. Still, the victory moves them top and with a five-game streak on the go they’ll travel to the Killer Bees this week before heading to a bye. The Lions seal the deal on the Bees drop from the top tier if they win this weekend – apt vengeance for the Bees inflicting the Lions first ever xpLosION loss last year?

1 – Durham Saints

No Change
(6-0-0) Premiership North

No surprises, Saints stay top.

They were briefly blindsided by a couple of early scores from Loughborough, but that didn’t stop the Saints from marching to victory in the second half, and by a healthy margin.

They’ve already ensured a home berth for the first round of the postseason and can lock up the Prem North title with a game to spare when they travel to the Braves on Sunday.

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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