Week Three, and all but three BUCS teams have gotten their seasons underway! We saw the most #50Burgers to date this past weekend, all in Division Two… so surely this means we’re going to see a lot of those programmes, either scorers or recipients, feature in this week’s Good Week / Bad Week?
- We saw some nice victories from teams looking to establish themselves as competitors in Division One – the UWE Bullets have positioned themselves alone atop the 1A South West with a flurry of fourth quarter scores giving them a second straight shut out victory, meanwhile the LJMU Fury upset the odds with a 13-7 win over the Sabres to mean they’re so far undefeated since their sideways shift into their new home in the 1A Yorkshire. Perhaps it’s the fact they put a Merseyside side in a ‘Yorkshire’ conference that has the Fury so riled up?
- It was our meatiest week to date, with five #50Burgers, all in the bottom tier. The Huddersfield Hawks opened their year with a 52-0 win over Lincoln, the Coventry Jets romped the Royals, the Manchester Tyrants continue to terrorise the 2A North, and the pain continued for the Pyros and Bulldogs, burgered by the York Centurions and Oxford Lancers respectively.
- The Southampton Stags secured what might prove to be a crucial win on Sunday, holding off a late comeback attempt from the Gloucestershire Gladiators for a 17-14 victory that means they’re currently undefeated in their new home in the 2A South West. Against preseason expectations, currently their biggest threat to a conference title might now be the OBU Panthers who notched up a second win Sunday against the Bournemouth Bobcats.
- Trailing 20-0 down through the first half, the QMBL Vipers came back from the brink to take a 32-30 win over the UEL Phoenix. An effective and clock-consuming ground attack in the second half gave the Vipers the edge, before a game-closing pick sealed the deal. This hardfought game sets up an exciting return leg in the only Div Two conference with home/away games against all conference rivals!
Carnegie earn first top tier victory
The step up to the top tier is always tough, and many teams struggle to acclimate for the hard hitting, fast-paced football in the Prem. As such, it’s all the more impressive that two games into their season, Leeds Beckett Carnegie have looked highly competitive in their new home. They led the reigning national champs through much of their first outing, before earning their first top tier W with a shut out win against Loughborough on Sunday.
Knights charge to first Division One victory
As above, so below – the Knights may have struggled in their middle-tier opener against Glasgow, but they seem to have patched holes on the defence and a strong all-round performance with points from both the offence, defence, and also Special Teams, gives them their first middle tier win against the Mustangs, who’d looked impressive in their own opener against Hull a fortnight before.
In a tier where even a single win can save a team from the drop? Even one win might be crucial to the Knight’s maintaining their Div One credentials.
Hyde Park Renegades complete undefeated regular season with win over Cougars
Over to the Opal Series, which saw its third and final ‘regular season’ tournament this weekend, and we saw the rookie Renegades upset the stakes and hand the Coventry Cougars their first regular season loss in recent memory!
The Renegades took away a single score, 20-13 win over the reigning Opal Series champs, the Coventry Cougars. This sets the London side up with a great confidence boost ahead of heading to their first Opal Finals where they’ll be the #1 seed coming out of the Southern Conference, opposite the Sheffield Giants who secured the top seed in the North with their narrow win over the East Kilbride Pirates.