The BUCS postseason proper got underway this weekend as we actually saw the vast majority of playoff fixtures played out!
While some teams saw their seasons come to a close, others are now on the cusp of an exciting new adventure… But who had the best of it, in this second-ish week of the postseason?
- Obviously, all the teams that progressed through their postseason bouts deserve a nod of appreciation. Most rosters are fraying around the edges by this point in the season, but they’re soldiering on with eyes set on silverware!
- The Coventry Jets produced a rarely seen scoreline at the weekend: a mythical playoff burger! Much like last year, the Jets seem to be turning on the afterburners at the perfect time, and tore apart the Raptors 54-19 on Sunday.
Premiership North reigns supreme once more
The gap between the Northern and Southern half of the premiership only seems to be widening year on year. You can talk about scholar dollars, but when the newest boys to the Prem North, Leeds Beckett, are hammering the historically most successful Uniball programme ever, Herts? It’s clear there’s just a different level of ball being played in the northern half of the top tier.
Regents rampage over Vipers
The KCL Regents may’ve only picked up a single nod from our BUCS team ahead of Sunday’s game, but the underdog side certainly didn’t let it phase them – blowing right past the 7-1 2A South East Champs, the QMBL Vipers.
The Regents seem to have found their form when it counts most, putting in their best offensive performance of their campaign in the postseason – allowing KCL to rest some of their starters early ahead of their midweek varsity game this week. It’s notable that KCL were the only lower seeded side in the lower two tiers to progress.
Pride continue to impress on the international scene
The Bristol Academy Pride took on the Cologne Crocodiles this past weekend, and continues to show Britball can compete at a high level in the European development scene as they bested the Crocodiles 18-7, including having two big scores called back for penalties.
But which teams didn’t enjoy their weekend?