Power Rankings are here once again following an exciting Week Six!
And, as noted we’re doing things differently for 2018!
We’re collating this year’s rankings via a completely new format – polling not only our own BAFA National Leagues team of correspondents but also giving all of our passionate Patreon supporters the opportunity to determine how these rankings stack up!
Each contributor submitted their own picks of who’s top dogs in each tier, and then we tallied it all up to create these amalgamated rankings!
Once again, this new format of selecting the top ten teams in each tier is proving tempestuous!
Following a big shutout loss to the Falcons it’s not too much of a surprise to see Shropshire slam out of the rankings this week – a hefty tumble considering they were ranked in third place back in Week Two!
Once again the Glasgow Tigers sit just shy of a rankings spot – perhaps they needed a more convincing margin of victory than their one-point win over the Senators?
Meanwhile, the Nottingham Caesars also came close to their first appearance of the year, following their strong second half against the Jets that led to a 39-7 scoreline on Sunday.
Total number of teams with at least one Top 10 Ranking: 16 (Down Four)
10. London Hornets (New Entry)
The London Hornets make their first appearance of the year following a very convincing 26 point shutout victory against the Gladiators!
The win moves the Hornets to 2-1 on the season so far, following a slow start to their campaign against the Stallions in Week Three.
They’ve got a couple of weekends off, ahead of taking on the current beatstick of the conference, the Mavericks, in Week Eight.
9. Kent Exiles (Down One)
They’ll next face the Stallions in a crucial looking fixture in Week Eight.
8. Northumberland Vikings (Down One)
They take on the Glasgow Tigers in Week Seven and will be hoping to prove they can win games by more than a single point!
7. Cambridgeshire Cats (Down One)
The Cats slip a spot as they continue through a month-long lull in their season – probably not a bad thing for a programme that’s hurting right now following the awful news from the weekend.
They host the Stallions in Week Nine.
6. Sandwell Steelers (Down Three)
Sandwell continue to yo-yo up and down the rankings as they slide on and off our Rankers’ radars.
They travel to the Jets in Week Seven.
5. Sussex Thunder (Up Five)
The Thunder see the biggest rise of the season so far as they rocket up to fifth following a couple weeks in the #10 spot. They took a big win against Bristol on Saturday evening as the Apache continue to seem well off the pace of the rest of the conference.
4. Solent Thrashers (Up One)
They’ll get what’s expected to be their biggest test of the season so far when undefeated faces undefeated – the Thrashers and Renegades squaring off in Week Seven.
3. Berkshire Renegades ( Up One )
Their D kept a clean sheet on Sunday, which’ll be a good confidence boost ahead of squaring off against the Solent Thrashers in Week Seven.
2. Yorkshire Rams ( = )
We haven’t heard from them in a while, but the Rams two shutout wins to open the year appear enough to keep them in the #2 spot.
We’ll finally welcome them back to action in Week Seven versus Gateshead.
1. Leicester Falcons ( = )
Despite the best efforts of one of our rankers to tank the Falcons’ rank, they remain locked into the #1 spot.
Their 46-0 victory over the Revolution was perhaps their most convincing performance of the season so far.
They face the Caesars for a second time this season in Week Seven.
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