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!
12. Bury Saints ( = )
The Saints return from their byes this Sunday against the Blitz. Hopefully, their three weeks off have allowed them to patch up their roster, else this could be rough.
11. East Kilbride Pirates ( = )
The Pirates actually came close to poaching the #10 this week, despite their loss to the Nighthawks… but that’s probably the only positive to come from Week Twelve, as the loss all but seals the deal on the Scottish side seeing Division One balling next season.
They essentially need to win-out through their remaining two fixtures, overturning their 13 point deficit against the Nighthawks in Week Fourteen, before also besting the undefeated Phoenix to wrap up the year in Week Seveteen.
10. Farnham Knights ( = )
The Knights stay put at ten, but came close to dropping a spot after word of their ‘tactical forfeit’ this weekend.
The reality is, Farnham lost three players to injury last time they took on the Warriors and while no one likes to see games go unplayed, their honesty about the reasons for withdrawing from this weekend’s fixture was at least refreshing.
9. Merseyside Nighthawks (=)
They can save some face and lock up top tier balling for at least another year with a win when they host the Wolves on Sunday.
8. London Olympians ( = )
The Os return from their bye for a key game against the Aztecs in Week Thirteen. They’ve proven they’re capable of holding their own against ‘the rest’ of the Prem South, and a strong performance this weekend could yet see them contesting the vaunted #3 spot in the south.
7. Edinburgh Wolves ( = )
Wolves stay in seventh but they’ll be hoping to climb higher if they can find a fifth win on the year against the Nighthawks on Sunday. A victory, along with an expected loss for the Titans against the table-topping Phoenix, would see Edinburgh contesting the #2 spot with the Titans and giving them a good shot at seeing their first stint of postseason balling in the top tier.
6. Bristol Aztecs ( = )
Aztecs stay put in #6 once again. They return from close to a month off to travel to the Olympians this Sunday, their traditional #3 standing in the south on the line.
5. Sheffield Giants ( = )
They’re well in the postseason race, too – though they’ll need to wait until Week Fourteen to gain more ground on the Titans.
4. Manchester Titans ( = )
Titans stay put in the #4 spot in the rankings, but they have a tough weekend ahead of them – travelling to the undefeated and largely unchallenged Phoenix. Can Manchester cling onto the place in the rankings they’ve held most of the season if they take a hefty loss on Sunday?
3. London Blitz ( = )
2. Tamworth Phoenix ( Down One )
The Warriors dominance of the Knights put them close in the Week Eleven, and then it seems perhaps Tamworth’s slow down on offence combined with the Warriors scaring Farnham away from the field ahead of this Sunday has finally seen a London side return to the top spot in the rankings!
1. London Warriors ( Up one )
They’ve unexpectedly got a weekend off in Week Thirteen, after the Knights decided to bow out ahead of facing the Warriors for a second time this season – the Warriors take a walkover to 8-0 and the top spot in the rankings for the first time since Week FIve.
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