The Premiership has only the pair of games this weekend, but they’re important ones – those that fall short on Sunday will be eyeing the relegation berths nervously.
NTU Renegades v Loughborough Students
At the risk of submitting to hyperbole before November is out, this game has already taken on the mantle of “must win” for both teams.
The Renegades suffered a tough break last week as their ambulance broke down on the M1, rendering their home game against Derby postponed and likely awarded as a 0-1 defeat. However, they will at least be fully rested ahead of the visit of Loughborough, knowing that a loss would leave them 0-2 (possibly 0-3) with only a trip to Stirling remaining before the term break.
Loughborough took the Clansmen to overtime in their last outing and have pushed Durham already this season, but they’re a hard team to gauge. Like NTU, the Students are winless and at the risk of being drawn into a relegation battle, so will want a win and a good performance against the presumptive favourites for the drop.
As with all Premier North games so far this season, expect a tough, evenly-matched game with very little in the final scoreline. Home advantage swings the balance for us…
NTU to win
In the space of three weeks the Bath Killer Bees have been to cloud nine and back! They head into Week Four with a solid 1-2 record, having lost twice to the Hertfordshire Hurricanes and defeating the Birmingham Lions at xpLosION!
Bath have been a tale of two halves. The defence; stout, aggressive, inspiring, impressive, quick, game changing. However, on the other hand the offence has been underwhelming; an achiles heel, boring and ultimately shut out – having not scored a single TD in their three games…
To be fair to the Bath Killer Bees they have gone through the trial by fire that was on paper the toughest start to a BUCS season by any team in 2016 and from here on out we would expect things to improve!
The Bath O really needs to find some rhythm and we expect this weekend to be the first where they come out of the blocks all cylinders firing and punch in some points as they travel to the new kid on the block of the Premiership South.
The Titans come into this one on a high after having a perfect start in the Premiership South as they exacted revenge and defeated an old rival in the Kingston Cougars.
This Sunday will mark 672 days since Swansea last lost a regular season match up, will the sting from the Bees be too much for them to handle?
Swansea have playmakers in several key positions, however the Titans have never once beaten the Bees in all their years together in the SWAC.
Going against the general opinion here at DC Towers, I expect experience of the Bath Killer Bees to shine through and do enough to stay above their old SWAC foe in the standings.
This will be a tight match up, but the Bath Killer Bees will win.
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