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!
No teams cut this week.
The Norwich Devils remain well in the conversation, just barely missing out on a rankings spot to the Spartans, and similarly the Lincolnshire Bombers‘ convincing steamrolling of the Railroaders has put them back in the mix. Should any currently ranked team slip up in the next couple of weeks, both these sides are waiting in the wings!
10. Halton Spartans ( = )
Halton hold onto the #10 spot following their bye. Still, it’s going to be tough-sledding to keep ahold of it if things go poorly for the Spartans this Sunday, as they host the undefeated Chester Romans.
Halton suffered a hefty loss the last time these two teams met back in Week Three, and though the Spartans offence has been firing on all cylinders since then, it’s still looking like a big ask to keep pace with a Romans side that are coming in fresh off two weeks of R&R due to their postponed game against the Phantoms last weekend.
9. Torbay Trojans ( = )
In a tough defensive battle the Trojans came up a score short of South Wales, but will get a second shot at the Warriors, and the potential SFC 2 West crown, in Week Fourteen.
8. Staffordshire Surge ( Down Three )
The first loss of the years for Staffs drops them three places down the power rankings and allows Brum to finally leapfrog them in the standings.
Still, they’ll get a chance at redemption soon enough, when the Surge wrap up their regular campaign with a second-leg against the Bulls in Week Fifteen.
7. London Blitz B ( Down Three )
Sure, they made hard work of their win over the Cardinals, but they remain one of only handful of undefeated sides in the South.
They travel to the Maidstone Pumas this weekend and perhaps a big win there will be enough to see the London side return to the top five?
6. Aberdeen Roughnecks (Up Two)
A bit more credit for the Roughnecks this week from our rankers, as they rise up to six.
They’ve locked up the NFC 2 North title with two games in hand, earning the club’s first ever conference title.
They’ll travel to the Blackhawks on Sunday, and while there may be some temptation to rest key players for the postseason, odds are the Roughnecks will still be gunning for an undefeated regular season so don’t expect them to take the foot off the gas this weekend. An 8-0 finish means they’ll get to force a lot of opponents into long-old road trips come the postseason!
5. Portsmouth Dreadnoughts ( = )
The Dreadnoughts drop to fifth in the rankings following strong performances elsewhere.
They return from a brace of byes this weekend for the most crucial fixture of their season so far – undefeated vs undefeated as Pompey host Herts in an SFC 2 South top of the table clash!
4. Birmingham Bulls ( Up Three )
Shut out in the first half, the Bulls stood united in the second and took away a 15-11 victory in the first of two showdowns with Staffordshire.
They head to a bye, before what should be a big momentum-building game against the Warhawks in Week Fourteen.
3. Hertfordshire Cheetahs ( Down One )
Herts tumble a spot despite one of their most impressive wins of the year – taking apart a Bobcats side that gave them some trouble back in Week Seven to the tune of a 42 point shut out!
They’ll be feeling good going into Sunday’s crucial showdown with the Dreadnoughts – two essential fixtures to round out the year and determine whether the Cheetahs are worthy of the lofty spot they’ve held in the rankings since their record-setting win over the Conquerors.
2. Chester Romans ( Down One )
Still, if things go well this weekend when the Romans march on the Spartans? Don’t be surprised to see Chester bounce right back into pole position in the rankings having been narrowly ousted this week!
1. South Wales Warriors ( Up Two )
And the Warriors win over the Trojans means they complete their climb up the rankings!
They toughed it out for a narrow 14-6 win over the Trojans in Torbay and now hold the advantage in the West. They head to a bye before facing off against the Trojans once again in Week Fourteen, but in all likelihood will need results elsewhere to go their way if they want to hold onto the top spot here for a second week – a single score win may not look so shiny if other undefeated outfits post up some hefty scorelines this Sunday!
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