Scheduled as the biggest weekend of football so far in 2019, the weather instead meant this weekend was some of a damp squib – with more than half the BUCS fixtures dropping from the slate!
Still, there was a great Saturday of action in the Sapphire Series, and what games DID go ahead resulted in some crucial scorelines in Week Nine!
But which outfits that braved the winter weather had the best of it this past weekend?
- In Sapphire 2 North the Cheshire Bears had an impressive second outing of their series, as despite a disrupted first tournament ahead of Christmas, they returned with a vengeance on Saturday – earning sizable wins over both the Steelers and Lions! The victories mean the whole conference is now tied up with 2-2 records, with two more tournaments still to come!
- The Warwick Wolves put together their best performance of the season so far, and when it mattered the most. A standout performance from Wide Receiver Will Whitely allowed the Wolves to rack up a second win over the Longhorns, looking likely to ensure Warwick will be playing Division One football once again next season.
- In the 2A South the Royal Holloway Bears earned themselves a clutch win over the UCL Emperors that keeps them right on the heels of the frontrunners, the Regents. Similarly, the Chichester Spitfires put in a very convincing performance against City, meaning we currently have THREE one-loss teams all well in the running for the 2A South crown!
The Edinburgh Predators are 2A Borders Champions!
You know it’s a good week when you manage to win a conference championship without playing a game!
Such was the case for the Edinburgh Predators when fellow scots, the HWU Wolverines, bested the Teesside Cougars 18-0 on Sunday.
The loss for Teesside means the Predators are now uncatchable atop the 2A Borders, and promotion to Division One football for next season beckons!
Wolves Women stand undefeated atop the Sapphire 1 North!
And the Predators weren’t the only Edinburgh outfit experiencing success this weekend, as Saturday saw the Edinburgh Wolves Women extend their undefeated streak to six!
The Wolves now stand alone at the top of the table, following wins not only over the East Kilbride Pirates, but also a nail-biting 28-26 victory over Conference favourites, the Leeds Carnegie Chargers.
With one more tournament left to play out, can the Scottish outfit complete an undefeated regular series and ride that momentum into yet more upsets in the playoffs?
Jets fly high over Renegades – 1A Midlands getting messy!
One of the most impressive new additions to the tier, the Coventry University Jets have put themselves right back in the race for the top spot in the 1A Midlands with a whopper of a win over the NTU Renegades.
Having been narrowly pipped to the post by the Renegades earlier in the season, the Jets took flight against the Nottingham outfit on Sunday, putting in their best offensive performance of the year so far with a 44-point showing.
The win moves the Jets to 4-2, tied with the Renegades, but crucially gives Coventry the head-to-head tiebreaker. They will, however, still most likely need help from the Renegades themselves (beating Loughborough) if the Jets aspire to make it back-to-back conference championships in two separate tiers!