Power Rankings are here once again following an exciting Week Five!
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!
12. Bury Saints ( = )
Bury got beaten up by Bristol at the weekend, so it’s no surprise they stay locked in the lowest spot on the rankings.
Things aren’t about to get any more pleasant for them when they face the London Warriors on Sunday.
11. East Kilbride Pirates (Down One)
The Pirates drop from the top ten once again following a comprehensive loss against the Giants.
They’ve parted ways with Head Coach Ross Templeton this week and will look to use their week off to regroup and come back stronger when they host the Titans in Week Seven.
10. London Olympians (Up One)
The Os rise as the Pirates plummet. Their 54-6 loss to the Warriors will have been a tough pill to swallow, but they’ll hope to be a lot more competitive when they host the Farnham Knights this weekend.
9. Farnham Knights ( Down One )
Knights drop a spot following a rough outing against the Blitz – losing 64-12 to London.
Still, they’ll have been pleased to put points on the board – giving them more confidence in their offence ahead of their trip to the Olympians on Sunday.
8. Merseyside Nighthawks (Down Three)
Merseyside finally got their season underway, and while it was a helluva back and forth fixture, the Nighthawks eventually found themselves unable to keep pace with the Titans – leading to a tumble down the rankings.
They welcome the Phoenix back to British balling this Sunday.
7. Sheffield Giants (Up Two)
Sheffield climb two spots following an impressive win over the Pirates in Week Five.
They head to a weekend off, before travelling to Merseyside in Week Seven.
6. Bristol Aztecs (Up One)
The Aztecs rise a spot, having buried the Saints on Sunday with a 46 to zip win.
The win’ll bring them a nice confidence boost ahead of heading to the Blitz this Sunday – expected to be a much tougher prospect for the westerners.
5. Manchester Titans ( = )
Titans stay tight at #5, their back and forth win against the Nighthawks not quite enough for them to pip the Wolves into fourth.
Of course they have the perfect opportunity to poach Edinburgh’s spot when the two teams square off this weekend!
4. Edinburgh Wolves ( = )
For a second week in a row the Wolves hold off a strong challenge from the Titans for the #4 spot.
Both teams look on course to contend for a playoff berth, and we’ll learn a lot more about their comparative strengths when they go head to head on Sunday.
3. London Blitz (Down One)
Blitz drop a spot despite the comfy win on Sunday – perhaps allowing the Knights a couple of scores impacted their ability to cling onto the #2 spot in the rankings.
They head to the Aztecs on Sunday.
2. Tamworth Phoenix (Down One)
For the first time this season the Phoenix drop from the top spot in the rankings!
Following a second European loss and the better part of a month away from British balling the Phoenix fall into the #2 spot.
They return to domestic action this Sunday versus last year’s Premiership North postseason partners, the Nighthawks, on Sunday.
1. London Warriors ( Up One )
And with a well-rounded win over the Olympians the London Warriors take the top spot in the rankings for the first time this season!
They head to the Saints on Sunday and will look to post up an impressive scoreline to fend off the Phoenix retaking the top spot.
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