Power Rankings return for Week Two!
And brand new 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!
Already this new format of picking the Rankings is shaking things up, with some big shifts across all three tiers… so let’s jump into it!
Worcestershire Black Knights
South Wales Warriors
Clyde Valley Blackhawks
More impressive wins elsewhere sees the Knights and Warriors slide out of the rankings, while the Blackhawks took a tough loss against the Roughnecks on Sunday that dropped them out of the top 10.
The Halton Spartans missed out on a rankings spot by the narrowest of margins this week! A single extra nomination, even in 10th, would have seen them placed!
Total number of teams with at least one Top 10 Ranking: 21
10. London Blitz B ( = )
9. East Essex Sabres (New Entry)
We’ll see if their big offensive output in their opener can be maintained when they take to the field again in Week Five.
8. Chester Romans (Down Four)
Without a game to their name yet this year, the Romans slide as others climb.
They kick off their season at the weekend, facing a Halton Spartans side that started their year strong at the weekend.
7. Aberdeen Roughnecks (New Entry)
The defensive shutout victory allows them to start the season with some real confidence which they’ll carry into their fixture against the former-middle-tier Division One West Coast Trojans this Sunday.
6. Furness Phantoms (Up One)
5. Hertfordshire Cheetahs ( = )
We’ll need to wait until Week Four to see the Cheetahs in action.
4. Torbay Trojans (New Entry)
They put in a fairly convincing performance in their opener against the Sharks, a shut out points with three scores from the offence that could easily have been more but for a high number of turnovers – not entirely unexpected in an opening fixture perhaps.
Torbay head to two byes, returning in Week Five versus Worcester.
3. Portsmouth Dreadnoughts (Down One)
Pompey host Swindon in Week Three and another comfy win could see them contest the top spot.
2.Birmingham Bulls (Down One)
Their defence is yet to concede a point through two fixtures, but a more explosive offence elsewhere has allowed another team to swipe Brum’s spot atop the rankings…
1. Staffordshire Surge (Up Two)
They head to a bye, so will want results to go their way to keep their crown through their week off, but return in Week Four against a Knottingley Raiders side that had a far from ideal start to their season.
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