Good Week / Bad Week – BAFA NL 2018 Week Fifteen

BAD WEEK

Dishonourable mentions

  • A disappointing opener for the GB Lions in a 28-7 defeat to Finland, but a much improved second-half performance is encouraging.
  • Despite a promising first half, short on numbers the Jurassic Coast Raptors couldn’t keep pace and are confined to the basement of the SFC2 West with back-to-back losses against Cornish Sharks.
  • A depleted Essex Spartans took a hammering against the Blitz B to drop to 3-4, most quashing their postseason aspirations.
  • The Somerset Wyverns loss to the Trojans means that despite a strong first season in the league the Somerset outfit now can’t edge out rivals, the Black Knights, for a playoff berth.

 

Birmingham Bulls

It’s tough to put the 7-1 Bulls in Bad Week following a tremendous bounce-back season following relegation from Division One. However, they lost out on top spot in the conference with the defeat to Staffordshire, and in doing so lock themselves in to the #4 seed spot. Quick math tells us they’ll host Halton in the first round of the playoffs.

 

 

Glasgow Tigers

Four straight losses for the Tigers since the 10 June win over Leeds. To make matters worse, they’ve been shutout in all of these losses, and the 53-0 road loss to Yorkshire Rams represents the Glaswegians heaviest defeat of the season. With the conference topping Northumberland Vikings last up on the schedule, the Tigers could be in for a rough time this coming weekend.

 

 

East Essex Sabres

We don’t like to double-dip on a single game, but the East Essex Sabres’ bad week is less about their loss to the Pumas, than simply about how poor a turn their season has taken following such a promising start.

They were one of the most exciting young outfits coming into the year, boasting impressive offensive output through the first half of the season… only for some key departures to leave them looking toothless through the latter part of the season. They’ve been a better side than their one-win record implies and head to the offseason to lick their wounds and hopefully sharpen their claws ahead of a strong 2019 campaign.

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