1A South West
By Craig Proto
UWE Bullets v Exeter Demons
One of these two teams are going to be 2-0 after this weekend and sitting on top of 1A South West. It may be early in the season but that would be a great start for either of these teams.
UWE kicked off their season last Sunday with a 10-0 win over Solent marking a much better start than in their last campaign.
Is the UWE offence high powered enough? Solent gave up 40 points in Week One so that can either be considered a great turnaround for them, or the UWE offence isn’t strong right now. The offence will have a good test this weekend against a solid Demons squad.
The Demons were able to get the monkey off their back, so to speak, by finally beating Cardiff after multiple tries last season. It was a defensive slugfest in Week One and I wouldn’t be surprised if a similar type of game happened here. The Demons have benefited from an extra week off, so they should be ready to go but I expect the Bullets to put a load of pressure on them from the get go.
This game is really a coinflip, but I think that UWE have some good tools and they will play well at home.
Bullets take it.
By JJ Segarty
Sussex Saxons v Reading Knights
A week off from their close week one loss to the Surrey Stingers, the Sussex Saxons will look to move to 1-1 and improve on their single touchdown. The team finished last season 3-5, in 4th place in the conference. Aiming for a winning record and to justify their position in the 1A South, the team needs this win or the pressure will mount towards the end of the season
A nasty 20-8 loss to the Brunel Burners last week may have knocked the confidence of the Reading Knights, but playing against a team whose strength after was hard to predict. This was something that had to be factored into any preparations for last weekend’s game. Not a great start for the team’s road to the playoffs, however, it is only the first game of the season.
Both teams at 0-1, tied for the bottom of the conference after one game isn’t huge news. But the win this weekend will see one of them remain winless and the rest of the conference with at least a 1 in the W column. Although I believe that the Knights will bounce back, the size of their loss to the Burners last weekend is too much to ignore, especially with Sussex holding last season’s 6-2 Stingers to only 10 points. That’s why I have Sussex to win this weekend.
1A South East
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Cambridge Pythons v Kent Falcons
Last year these two teams both saw playoff balling and could not have been more closely matched – splitting the series with the Pythons taking the first game by a single point, before the Falcons edged the second by a mere two notches on the scoreboard.
We’re very early in the year… but all signs so far are pointing towards the fact we’re not likely to see the same this Sunday.
The two teams enter this match up from opposite directions, with the Falcons coming in off a big Week One win over the Immortals to open the season, while the Pythons were unable to muster a single point against new boys to the middle tier – the Canterbury Chargers.
It looks like the Pythons are hurting from graduation losses, while the Falcons have come into the year in full flight. A single fixture for each programme isn’t a lot to go on, but even so we’ve got to go with the Falcons in this one!