BUCS | Power Rankings: Premiership, Week Ten

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

No Change
(0-7-0) Premiership South

We may have accidentally called time on the Bees three days early, and perhaps that contributed to Bath showing their most sting of the season so far – putting 22 on the Lions in their Wednesday night fixture – the second meeting between the two teams in four days.

However, the second loss definitely sealed the deal, and while the Bees still have pride to play for in their remaining fixture against the Titans, they’ll be haunting their old ‘hood in the South West conference next season.

9 – Loughborough Students

Down One
(1-5-0) Premiership North

A second shutout loss against Stirling sees Loughborough propping up the Prem North table and at risk of ending their unblemished record of always competing at the highest level of the British University game.

They host Derby this weekend, providing a possible lifeline if they can once against best the Braves – the lone win of Loughborough’s year so far coming against Derby in Week Five.

8 – Leeds Carnegie

Up One
(2-4-0) Premiership North

Carnegie climb a spot thanks to Lugbug’s offence now looking as anaemic as their own!

Rumblings of the return of QB Chris Winrow will hopefully bring some punch back to Carnegie, who started the year swining well above their weight, but a match-up against an on-form looking Clan is unlikely to be the best way to set their season back on track.

 

7 – Portsmouth Destroyers

No Change
(2-3-0) Premiership South

No game sees no shift for Pompey in the #7 spot. They’re nominally in third in the Prem South for now, owing to average points conceded versus Swansea. It’s notable that with only two weekends left on the season, the Destroyers have three games remaining on their slate, including two touts against the Titans, only one of which is currently scheduled up for Week Twelve.

6 – Derby Braves

No Change
(2-4-0) Premiership North

The Braves crashed back to earth in the second half versus newly crowned Prem North champs, the Durham Saints. Despite holding a narrow lead at the half, Saints adjustments took control of the latter two quarters and the Brave’s impressive bounce back came grinding to a halt.

A crucial match up in Loughborough beckons where they can secure another season of top tier balling with a win by a healthy margin.

 

5 – Swansea Titans

Down One
(2-3-0) Premiership South

The Titans are a better team than their current losing record implies. They’ve lost their three games so far this season by an average of 6.67 points – and these have come against the historically strongest programmes in Uniball.

Still, the Titans even more daunting opponent might be time, as they have three fixtures to be played, with only two Sundays left in the season.

4 – Stirling Clansmen

Up One
(4-2-0) Premiership North

The Clan climb a little following a convincing win over Loughborough. They’re locked into the playoffs and can finish no worse than third in the North.

They travel to a troubled Carnegie side this weekend, with a win securing home-town balling for at least the first round of the postseason.

3 – Hertfordshire Hurricanes

No change
(5-1-0) Premiership South

It may have taken a goal-line stand to close out the game, but the ‘Canes clung on against the Titans to stay right in the race at the top of the Prem South.

They head to Pompey on Sunday, with a chance to pull level with the Lions at the top of the table, ahead of conference crown showdown in Week Twelve.

 

2 – Birmingham Lions

No Change
(6-1-0) Premiership South

Two wins in four days sees the Lions sat alone atop the Prem South.

They’ve been on fine form since their opening day loss to the Titans and their 90 points from back to back bouts against the Bees has given them the #1 scoring offence in the top tier!

They head to a well-earned bye weekend before the Prem South title showdown against the ‘Canes in Week Twelve.

1 – Durham Saints

No Change
(7-0-0) Premiership North

A strong second half sees the Saints secure the top spot in the North, with an undefeated season beckoning if they can best the Clansmen for a second time in Week Twelve. #Redemption right on track.

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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