For most BUCS outfits Week Six was their final fixture ahead of the midseason break – some teams will be warm through the winter with the heat of an undefeated start to their season, while yet others were left with coal in their stockings as they head to Christmas without a win to their names…
But who came off best from this weekends matchups?
- The Loughborough Students now sit atop the 1A Midlands with a 4-1 record. Loughborough haven’t looked back since their loss to Coventry in Week Four and will head into the midseason break with two impressive wins over closest rivals for the crown, NTU and Coventry.
- The University of Nottingham completed their set of top-tier scalps, just barely! They go into the break 4-0, but with three of their wins coming by a score or less and their most recent win, this past weekend over the Saints, being an absolute nailbiter! The reigning national champions had trailed for much of the fixture, but took the lead with mere seconds remaining in the fourth. It looked like the Saints were set to return to winning ways, when suddenly the Green and Gold struck back, finding pay dirt with a mere two ticks left on the clock, locking up an undefeated first half to their top tier debut!
- And though a loss can never really be a good week, a worthy mention goes to the Plymouth Blitz who might be going into the break without a win to their name, relegation beckoning… but boy did they make a show of it in their second clash with the Cobras! The Blitz actually lead the game early, before coming close to matching the Cobras score for score. With three home games remaining on their schedule, might the Blitz be able to dodge Division Two balling yet?
- Fifty Burgers are seeming something of a rarity this year, so kudos to the Sheffield Sabres and Leeds Gryphons for putting together a brace of Burgers in God’s Own County.
The University of Nottingham and the Swansea Titans head up a list of fourteen teams that’ll go into the break undefeated. Alongside two in the top tier, the Sheffield Hallam Warriors and Kent Falcons will head into the break undefeated, potentially joined by the Brunel Burners if they can best the Knights in Week Seven.
Finally, we’ll see eight outfits come out of the bottom tier with a full slate of victories, made up of the Edinburgh Predators, York Centurions, Leeds Gryphons, MMU Eagles, Bristol Barracuda, Worcester Royals, Bournemouth Bobcats and Essex Blades.
Emperors Emerge Victorious Over Saxons
The UCL Emperors have suddenly emerged as surprise contenders int he 2A South, with a shutout victory over the Sussex Saxons.
Having lost their opener in overtime against the Spitfires back in Week Three, we were considering this conference a three-horse race between the Saxons, Regents and Bears, who were each coming into the week with a loss-a-piece and overlapping head-to-heads. However, UCL’s win looks likely to have shifted Sussex out of the race, and so the Emperors will head into the break ranked second in the conference.
Mustangs Make The Most Of Opportunities, Go Two For Two Over Knights
The Northumbria Mustangs sit alone atop the 1A North following their second narrow win over the Napier Knights – once again by a 6-9 scoreline!
A first-quarter passing touchdown on a free play was the difference-maker in a feisty game that saw over 200 yard of penalties and an ejection.
With five games under their belts, and four victories, the Mustangs have already played out the majority of their season, returning from Christmas to back-to-back games against local rivals, the newly promoted Newcastle, before rounding out their campaign where it began, with the one team to best them so far this season, the Hull Sharks.
Stingers Win in Charity Clash
The Surrey Stingers picked up their first win of the season in their Saturday afternoon charity showdown hosted by the Reading Knights.
Having struggled to put up points when the two teams last met, only a fortnight ago, the Stingers were on form on both sides of the football as they completely shutdown the Reading offence, while posting up their best offensive performance of the season at the same time!
Of course, the real winners here is charity, with the Knights already smashing their fundraising goal of £1000 and pushing more even more support and awareness for their chosen charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). You can offer your support by sharing or donating to the Knights’ JustGiving page!