Week Two definitely didn’t disappoint as we saw some incredible back and forth fixtures – multiple games coming right down to the wire with fourth-quarter heroics the difference maker in games across all three tiers!
But which teams had the most to celebrate in the second week of the season?
- The Exeter Demons put in a statement performance, especially on defence. A pick-six for the lone TD of the game and a whopping eight sacks allowed the Demons to open their year with a win… and give our picks team a hellish first week!
- The Swansea Titans definitely look to be the team to beat in the South after they took a trip to Portsmouth and utterly shut down the Destroyer offence – coming away with a 20-0 victory.
- Credit where it’s due, the Coventry Jets turned some heads when they leapt out to an early 20-0 lead over their more established hosts. However, the NTU Renegades fought their way back into things with 28 unanswered points, including a pick-six and a OT-saving goalline stand on the final play of the game. Compared to last season, suddenly the 1A Midlands is looking like a very feisty conference!
- And two more teams putting on one helluva show were the UWE Bullets and Birmingham Lions. The back and forth game was finally decided in the closing minutes as Brum took a 40-34 win, but the Bullets certainly impressed in their top tier debut. Meanwhile, the Lions have shown impressive resilience through two hard-fought wins.
Notts nail it in season opener
Tied 0-0 at the half, it was a tense battle between the newest addition to the Prem North and their predecessor. Leeds drew first blood, and Nottingham were initially only able to respond with a field goal before QB Tunde Pratt found paydirt in the fourth. The closing two minutes saw Leeds have a chance to retake the lead, but with their aerial attack not clicking, the top tier rookies claimed their first scalp.
Knights’ steel too strong for the Sharks
In our Division One Game of the Week the Edinburgh Napier Knights’ uncanny streak of form against the Hull Sharks continued with a third straight shutout of the Sharks by the Knights. The two teams were tied at zip to diddly well into the second half, before Napier finally broke the deadlock with a score, and a pick-six sealed the deal.
Welcome to Div One, Southampton Stags!
The Southampton Stags opened their stint in the middle tier with style, putting in a huge 65 point outing against a beleaguered looking Plymouth Blitz. Many teams struggle with the jump up a tier, but it looks like the Stags should have no problems staying afloat in the ever-competitive 1A South West this season!
Structures? Tick. Fixtures incoming!
The new BAFA personnel and commissions are clicking into gear – we’ve already learned the shape of the Adult Contact League for 2019, and there’s a very good chance that by the time you’re reading this the top two tier’s fixtures could be live as well!
But with the rain pouring across the south, who had a wet one in Week Two?