Power Rankings | BAFA National Leagues, Division One: Week Fourteen

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We’re working on lots of other video bits this week so we’re keeping things retro once again!

Not a lot of fixtures this past week, so don’t expect a lot of movement…


Kent Exiles L

10. Kent Exiles =

 

Kent cling on to their #10 spot – but for how long?

They face the table-topping Olympians this Sunday who can lock up the postseason with a win, while the Exiles own postseason aspirations can ill afford to lose out in this match up between the top two teams in the hotly contested SFC1East.

Nottingham Caesars L

9. Nottingham Caesars -1

 

Crunch time for the Caesars once again this weekend as they host the Leicester Falcons in a top of the table clash that will be live streamed by our friends over at Onside Productions!

While they held their own through the first quarter, the Nottingham side had no answer once the Falcons took to the air, ending their impressive win streak so far this season.

Will they have found ways to patch the holes when they face the Falcons again this Sunday? If not, then a loss would set up a must-win match up against Sandwell to round out the season.

Oxford Saints L

8. Oxford Saints -1

Oxford will have hoped to recover from their shock loss to the Eagles in Week Thirteen, as they head to the Thrashers this Sunday.

A further loss would go a long way to scuppering the Saints’ chances of seeing postseason balling – a surprise as the team appeared so strong in their midseason stretch.

Newcastle Vikings L

7. Newcastle Vikings +2

While the win over the Trojans was perhaps to be expected, the shut out was a nice bonus – and so was the Rams’ loss to the Titans.

Sure, it means Manchester how now locked up the NFC1North Conference Crown, but at the same time it leaves the Rams neck and neck with the Vikings – postseason balling in their first year in Div One would be an impressive feat, no doubt!

They’ll get an opportunity to face the Rams once more before the season is out, but first up are the Titans. Oddly, it’s not a must-win for either side, so might we see both teams repping depth in this one?

Yorkshire Rams L

6. Yorkshire Rams -1

 

The loss to the Titans puts the conference out of reach for the Rams, but they’ve still got the edge over the Vikings in the postseason stakes… for now.

They travel to the beleaguered West Coast Trojans this weekend, but their season really comes to a crux in Week Sixteen in their final fixture against the Vikings.

Sandwell Steelers L

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5. Sandwell Steelers +1

 

A surprisingly high ranking for a team that’s currently not sat in a playoff berth!

The Steelers kept their postseason aspirations alive with a strong fourth quarter against the stingy Birmingham Bulls’ defence.

They’re on a bye this week, but odds are that just means they’ll all be avidly watching the Falcons/Caesars live stream – it might feel icky, but odds are the Steelers are going to be big Falcons fans this weekend as they need Leicester to lick the Caesars for a second time to keep Sandwell in with a shot of seeing playoffs.

London Olympians L

4. London Olympians =

 

Despite a very shaky start to the year, the Os have really built momentum over the last few weeks and have the opportunity to wrap up the SFC1East if they win on Sunday.

Riding a five game win streak, the Os host the #2 placed Kent Exiles in their regular season finale and will look to go one better than the 14-14 tie the two teams managed last time around.

They can lose, and still see postseason balling and a chance at a crown, but odds are they’ll be gunning to seal the deal on Sunday and not be reliant on others to determine their postseason seeding.

Sussex Thunder L

3. Sussex Thunder -1

 

The Titans’ return to form sees the Thunder slide a little in the ranks, but they have the opportunity to wrap up their season with perfection this Sunday as they head to the Ouse Valley Eagles.

They shut out the Eagles back in Week Ten, but since then OVE impressed with a confident win over the Saints, and should the Thunder, who locked up their conference crown weeks ago, rest a few too many starters? Might this be a trip game for the Thunder and just the opportunity the Eagles have been waiting for?

Manchester Titans L

2. Manchester Titans =

Titans return to the top two following locking up the NFC1North in convincing fashion on Sunday.

They host the Newcastle Vikings this weekend, in a game that, strangely, probably isn’t all that meaningful – the Titans have their crown and so long as the Rams beat the Trojans it’ll be the head to head between Vikings and Rams that ultimately decides who joins them in the postseason…

 

Leicester Falcons L

1. Leicester Falcons =

And the Falcons hold firm atop the rankings as they head to their final away fixture of the year – against the Nottingham Caesars.

Did we mention that game is being live streamed?

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Nick ‘Willy Tee’ Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he’s spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general ‘BUAFL wafflage’. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1