Power Rankings | BAFA National Leagues, Premiership: Week Fourteen

Hello BritballNation!

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… in fact, in the top tier we couldn’t find a reason to move things around at all!


Lancashire Wolverines L

11. Lancashire Wolverines =

 

They’re locked into relegation, but Lancashire have a week to lick their wounds as they’re in a bye this weekend. They return against the Pirates in Week Sixteen, facing both Scots teams to round out their year and hopefully steal a pride win before their time in the top tier comes to a close…

Farnham Knights L

10. Farnham Knights =

With big play potential from some of their ballers, a healthy Farnham are a better side than the one one-sided scorelines inflicted against them would imply.

They conceded their fifth #50Burger of the season on Sunday, but did find paydirt a couple of times against a resilient Blitz D.

This weekend the Knights hosts the Saints and with the Suffolk side also carrying a lot of walking wounded? This might the Knights best chance of salvaging a pride victory this summer.

East Kilbride Pirates Black L

9 . East Kilbride Pirates =

The Pirates toughest stretch of the season comes to a climax this weekend as they face the Merseyside Nighthawks for a second time this year – rounding off four straight fixtures against the top two teams in the Prem North.

A loss this weekend locks the Pirates out of the postseason, so it’s all to play for…

Bury Saints L 2016

8. Bury Saints =

 

Bury return from a bye for their third fixture versus Farnham so far this season. It’ll be interesting to see how this one goes for the Saints, as while they’ve dominated the two meetings between the sides thus far, Bury themselves have been bleeding playmakers through the latter half of their year and simply haven’t looked the same since losing Fred Boyle at the helm of the offence.

They’re riding a three game losing streak with only 15 points scored across those three fixtures – but it’s certain Bury don’t want to be the first side to give Farnham their first win of the year…

Edinburgh Wolves L

7. Edinburgh Wolves =

The Wolves may not be able to make the postseason, but there’s a lot on the line nonetheless this weekend as they face the Tamworth Phoenix for a second time.

So far this campaign the new boys to the Prem have been the ones that have come closest to besting the ‘Nix – will the Scotsmen’s roster have recovered sufficiently following their pair of byes to give the Phoenix another close run come Sunday?

Sheffield Giants L

6. Sheffield Giants =

The Giants get a week off, but returning against the Phoenix will be a big test for this vastly improved Sheffield outfit.

Bristol Aztecs L

5. Bristol Aztecs =

Returning from a bye week, the Aztecs get the joy of facing the Warriors for a third time this weekend.

With the Warriors looking returned to full fighting fitness, might Bristol’s best bet be to bunker down and preserve starters for rounding out the year in style against the Saints and Knights?

Merseyside Nighthawks New L

4. Merseyside Nighthawks =

Joining most of the top tier in a bye week last week, the Nighthawks have the opportunity to seal the deal on their second straight postseason trip as they host the Pirates on Sunday.

It’s win and in for the Nighthawks who are also the only team still capable of contesting the Prem North conference crown.

Tamworth Phoenix 2015 L

3. Tamworth Phoenix =

Tamworth host the Wolves this Sunday and will likely look to make a statement. The Wolves ran them close up in Scotland, so on their home turf the Phoenix will be eager to leave nothing to chance.

They’ve been on utterly dominant form of late, most of their fixtures pretty much concluded before the half time break – will we see more of the same this Sunday?

London Blitz L

2. London Blitz =

 

Blitz bounced back from their big loss against the Warriors by bullying the Knights, which nominally puts them top of the Prem once again…

However, if they’re wise they’ll be using these upcoming pair of byes to get healthy, watch a LOT of tape, strengthen their weaknesses and build on their strengths because it all comes to a crux in Week Seventeen when they face their biggest rivals once more.

London Warriors L

1. London Warriors =

 

The Warriors host the Aztecs and while the Bristol side aren’t incapable of causing upsets, you’ve got to think London’s real focus is now on picking up a second straight Prem South title, before following it up with a fifth straight Britbowl win!

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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