Let’s take a look into our patented DC crystal ball and see how things are going to shape up this weekend…
Kingston Cougars v Imperial Immortals
This fixture sees the first meeting of the season between the Kingston Cougars and the Imperial Immortals.
It has been a particularly difficult start to the campaign for the Immortals, who have so far failed to win a single game in the opening half of the season. The Immortals were on the worse end of a heavy 37-0 scoreline when they faced Hertfordshire last weekend. With the Imperial offence having put just 14 points on the board so far this campaign, whilst the defence has conceded almost 150, the Immortals look almost certain to suffer the drop into the second tier.
Meanwhile, Kingston are having a much better time of things. The Cougars’ victory over Bath in the dying seconds a fortnight ago leaves the Premier South’s new boys with an impressive 2-2 record, having earned a surprise win over Herts in their opening game. In fact, having scored over three times as many points as their opponents whilst allowing half the amount, the Cougars will come into the game as clear favourites.
With Imperial struggling on both sides of the ball, Kingston shouldn’t have too many problems in extending their record to 3-2, all but securing their survival in the process.
Kingston by 3 scores.
Bath Killer Bees v Hertfordshire Hurricanes
This game sees the first encounter between the Bath Killer Bees and the Hertfordshire Hurricanes, with both teams boasting identical records.
Considering the fact that they have only played Birmingham once, Hertfordshire will no doubt be disappointed to have two losses on the board at this stage of the campaign, following defeats to the Cougars and Lions in their opening two games. Since then, the Hurricanes are back on track after two comfortable wins over Imperial, across which they scored 73 points.
Nevertheless, the Hurricanes can expect things to be more challenging this weekend as they travel to a Bath side which has also managed two wins from their first four games, included a win over Kingston. Despite slipping to two defeats, the Killer Bees have looked very impressive this campaign, and they enter this game on the back of an excellent performance against Birmingham. Despite ending the match as 27-9 losers, Bath pushed the Lions very close, showing that they can put hold their own against the division’s best.
Considering the good performances that the Killer Bees have displayed this season, it is guaranteed that they will provide the Hurricanes with a much better test than Imperial did. Herts should still edge this one, but don’t be surprised if the Bees inflict yet another upset on the Hurricanes.
Hertfordshire by one score