It was a hectic weekend all across the #BritballNation as we saw action throughout the weekend. #Sapphire18 got underway with a bang, rivalry week saw some cracking BUCS matchups, and once there were some impressive upsets to really shake up the tables as we approach crunch time, with playoff spots getting locked up!
But which teams had the best of it in Week Nine?
- The Plymouth Blitz, just as predicted, squeaked through in a nail-biter to earn their first Devon Bowl win in a good few years. They earned their fifth W of their first year in the middle tier in rather dramatic fashion – blocking a punt and returning it for the go-ahead score with less than 30 seconds on the clock! At 5-1 they’re oh-so-close to locking up playoffs in their debut season in Division One!
- The Leicester Longhorns put in a #50Burger performance against the Staffordshire Stallions – an impressive feat from the Leicester side, almost totalling their entire offensive output from their previous five games in this one dominant outing.
- The UWE Bullets put up three wins in eight days – an impressive win over Cardiff in Week Eight was rapidly followed by a Friday Night Lights varsity victory over rivals Bristol Barracuda, and then a league win over Solent only two days later.
- With their win over Loughborough, the Durham Saints have secured some postseason action this year and are right on track to hoist the Premiership North title they missed out on last year.
- In an East-West showdown that had a healthy crowd and was live-streamed across the nation, the Glasgow Tigers look likely to have secured themselves atop the 1A North with a hard-fought 14-9 win over a feisty Edinburgh Napier Knights. The tough matchup, played in good spirits, was a great advert for the game north of the wall.
Chargers stampede over the North in #Sapphire18 Tournament One
There were three undefeated teams that emerged from the opening salvo of #Sapphire18 – with the Birmingham Lions and Manchester Titans also emerging unscathed – but none did it in as impressive a fashion as the Carnegie Chargers.
Through their first two games the northern champs and Sapphire ’17 finalists put up 141 points, while conceding just seven.
This includes some crazy numbers, such as putting up 30 points of scoring from the defence against East Kilride, as well as a combined defensive yardage given up of MINUS 28 yards between the two games.
GB Lions Roar versus Sweden
And it’s fair to say it went pretty well. The Golds, facing against Sweden’s first team, look away a dominant 91-6 victory, while the seconds were winning 26-0 by the last update posted about the game… …We assume they went on to win, too?
Following on from an impressive outing at the European championships, this weekend is a great confidence builder for the GB womens’ team moving forwards.
Birmingham return to the top with topple of Titans
Their season-opening loss to the Titans asked a lot of questions about the Lions – was their time at the top of the British University game coming to a close? Had offseason losses simply been too much for the programme to bounce back from?
However, the single score victory, following on the back of four-straight impressive performances, moves the Lions top in the Prem South and marks them as clear contenders in the top tier once again.
It’s notable that Swansea still hold the head-to-head over the Lions should that come into play, but win out and the Birmingham side will seal the deal on a Prem South title that eluded them last year.