Things that rose to primacy this weekend? Log fires, snowmen and staying in bed on a Sunday, as the British Winter claimed the majority of the match up list…
But of those few fixtures that remained, which teams had the merriest of frolicks in the freezing cold?
- With games across the north dropping quicker than the temperature, we were impressed to one match up valiantly survive the chill – the Newcastle Raiders hosting the previously unseen YSJ Jaguars. So, double kudos where it’s doubly due – for the YSJ Jaguars for finally coming out of the starter blocks – welcome to the league, York St John – and the Newcastle Raiders for sticking a #50Burger on them, despite the inclement weather, and heading to the break undefeated.
- Indeed, of the games that actually took place this weekend, a goodly number of them included teams eager to similarly keep their undefeated streaks alive and head to the midseason break with great momentum. The Kent Falcons won round one of their local derby in a hard-fought 16-12 victory, while the Southampton Stags did just enough to take the win away from the ‘Cuda in the South West – a mere 7 points scored in that game despite the Stags averaging 44 points per game coming into it. Finally, the Brighton Panthers continued their strong season with a 28-2 win over the Spitfires
Knights move top following third straight defensive shut out
Following an inauspicious heavy defeat to Glasgow to the open the season, the Edinburgh Napier Knights moved top of the table in the 1ANorth this weekend following their third straight defensive shut out.
As if to only emphasise their defensive dominance, essentially all of this weekend’s 22 points against the Sharks came on behalf of the D, too, with a safety, two pick sixes and a fumble recovery in the end zone.
In contrast to some initial concerns about whether the Napier programme could cut it in the physical northern conference, having completed their first round of bouts against each of their rivals with three shut outs wins in four fixtures? A postseason trip in their first year in the middle tier certainly looks possible for the Knights.
Saints remain strong on their road to redemption
Making highly effective use of their scholarship players, strong connections in the second half provided the Saints with salvation as a pair of rapid scores in the fourth quarter took the game out of reach for Carnegie’s grinding ground attack.
And the big winner this weekend was… of course, the weather.
Only eight of twenty four scheduled fixtures actually took place this weekend, and while a handful were for non-climatological reasons, the majority were down to Britains annual inability to cope with the weather getting a bit worse.
Touché weather, round one to you.
But who got left out in the cold this weekend across the #BritballNation?