Power Rankings are here once again following an exciting Week Thirteen!
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!
No teams cut this week.
The Norwich Devils remain on the cusp of a ranking spot, but strong performances from teams in the lower end of the top ten continue to deny them! We won’t see them again until Week Fifteen where they’ll be hoping to lock up postseason action with a win against the Cardinals.
10. Torbay Trojans ( Down One )
They head to their most crucial fixture of the season so far this Sunday, as they travel to South Wales with potentially the conference crown on the line.
9. Staffordshire Surge ( Down One )
They head to a second straight bye this weekend, before returning in Week Fifteen to try to dethrone the Bulls atop the NFC 2 South.
8. Halton Spartans ( Up Two )
Halton climb a couple, which seems a little harsh as while they may not have picked up the W on Sunday they did at least scupper Chester’s perfect season and more than proved they’re capable of mixing it up with the top-ranked teams in this tier!
The 6-6 tie moves them oh-so-close to locking up some postseason balling, with perhaps the most disappointing aspect being a second-place seed means we’re unlikely to see their swanky stadium used in playoffs.
7. Hertfordshire Cheetahs ( Down Four )
Herts held an early lead, but the Dreadnoughts’ D solidified in the second half, meaning the Cheetahs simply couldn’t keep pace.
The teams both take to a bye this weekend, before going head to head again in Week Fifteen.
6. London Blitz B ( Up One )
Odds are we’d see them higher up the ranks were they in a more competitive conference, but as is they might need to wait until Week Sixteen to both rise higher in the rankings… and also lock up the SFC 2 East crown with a second leg against the Devils.
5. Aberdeen Roughnecks (Up One)
Consistent performances see the Roughnecks climb a spot, finally back into the top five of the rankings! They’re one win away from a perfect regular season – a Week Fifteen fixture against the shorthanded West Coast Trojans rounding out their year.
4. Chester Romans ( Down Two )
They still need another notch in the W column to lock up the NFC 2 Central title, but they should be able to pick that up this Saturday when they take on the Phantoms in their rescheduled showdown.
3. Portsmouth Dreadnoughts ( Up Two )
The south coast side rise into the #3 spot after a dominant second half showing from the Dreadnoughts against top conference rivals, the Cheetahs, at the weekend.
While Portsmouth fell behind early, their D that’s been on top form all season long and turned it on in the second half to shut down the vaunted Cheetahs offence, giving the O a chance to grind out a nice win.
They’ll see the Cheetahs again in Week Fifteen, with a win sealing a deal on the conference crown and with a game in hand against Hastings.
2. Birmingham Bulls ( Up Two )
Brum bounce up into the #2 spot as the dust settles from their crucial win in Week Twelve. They head to Humber to take on the one-win Warhawks this weekend, before the big second showdown against the Surge in Week Fifteen.
1. South Wales Warriors ( = )
And the Warriors remain locked in at #1 following their bye, but will they remain so when they host the Torbay Trojans this weekend?
Following back to back relegations, a W on Sunday would all-but lock up the SFC2West title, with just two straight fixtures against the struggling Sharks rounding out the Warriors’ regular season.
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