Power Rankings are here once again following an exciting Week Twelve!
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!
The Stallions stay in the rankings was a brief one, as despite their 23 point shut out of the Glads, they slip out of the top ten thanks to a big win elsewhere. Still, at 4-4, they’re still well in the race for a postseason berth in the hotly contested SFC 1 East.
The Stallions drop out, but remain right on the cusp of the rankings.
10. Cambridgeshire Cats ( = )
The Cats cling onto the number ten spot, but will be eager to climb higher if they can find success this weekend against a table-topping Hornets side they came up short against in Week Eleven. They’ve suffered their three losses on the year by an average of less than a score, but they’re running out of time if they really want to contest a postseason berth before the year is out.
9. Kent Exiles ( Down One )
Still, the big W means they remain in the #2 spot in the East and could even leap into pole position without playing a game if things go awry for the Hornets on Sunday.
We’ll see the Exiles next in Week Fourteen against the Gladiators.
8. Berkshire Renegades (Re-entry)
The Renegades rocket back into the rankings following a four-week absence, thanks to their impressive 45-34 win against the previously-undefeated Solent Thrashers!
Berkshire certainly seem to have bounced back from their midseason slump that saw them drop out of a postseason berth with three straight losses, but will aim to now make it three wins on the trot when they wrap up their season hosting the Saints on Sunday. 6-3-1 is still potentially enough to see some playoff balling in the teams first season back in the middle tier, so long as other results also go their way.
7. London Hornets ( = )
At this point in the year, every single fixture is crucial in this conference, so expect both teams to put it all on the line on Sunday.
6. Sussex Thunder ( = )
Sussex continue to cling onto the #6 spot for a third straight week.
Berkshire’s unexpected victory last weekend means Thunder suddenly have true competition for the #2 spot in the SFC 1 Central, so can’t afford any slip ups from here out.
They head to the Apache this weekend for what they’ll hope will be a confidence-building win over the currently winless Bristol side.
5. Lancashire Wolverines ( = )
Another side that can’t quite seem to break into the top spots despite its performances, the Wolverines posted their third straight shutout victory this Sunday with a 20-0 defeat of the Tigers, in Glasgow.
Still, their hot streak of six-straight victories has catapulted them into the #2 spot int he conference and a only game and a half behind the undefeated Vikings there hopes of following up 2017’s disappointing relegation with a 2018 conference crown are not beyond them!
We’ll see them again in Week Fifteen, hosting the Rams.
4. Solent Thrashers ( Down Two )
We’re not sure whether it was a situation where Solent pulled starters early last Sunday, but certainly the already-crowned South coast side put in their sloppiest performance of the year in Week Twelve, conceding almost as many points in this one outing as they’d done in their seven-game SFC 1 Central title-winning streak, combined.
Still, they get a chance to return to winning ways this Sunday when they host Ouse Valley – not that the Eagles haven’t already proven themselves capable of causing upsets this year!
3. Sandwell Steelers ( Up One )
Another big win for Sandwell sees them climb a spot, however news that their initially postponed fixture against Doncaster has gone down as a tie will have been a blow to the midlands side – they’ll now need help from elsewhere if they wanted to pip the undefeated Falcons to the NFC 1 South title… and we don’t see that happening.
Still, we expect their streak of hefty victories to continue into this Sunday, when they host a depleted Coventry Jets – the perfect way to continue building momentum ahead of their Week Fourteen showdown with Leicester.
2. Northumberland Vikings ( Up One )
The Vikings crise into the #2 spot after a comfortable 48-0 win over the Bobcats.
Despite being in the midst of a streak of consecutive fixtures, the Northumberland side are doing a great job of keeping healthy and have really gotten it together on D in the past few weeks – riding two straight shutouts as they head into the second fixture against local rivals, the Senators, this weekend.
They barely pipped Gateshead by a single point way back in Week Three, but will be looking for a more convincing win margin to prove themselves worthy of their lofty spot in the rankings.
1. Leicester Falcons ( = )
And, no surprises, the Falcons remain the unanimous #1 rank team once more!
They made short work of the Revolution, thought notably did put up their first #50Burger of the season.
Leicester travel to the Mustangs this Sunday, the first meeting between the two teams for 2018.
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