Power Rankings | BUCS 2018/19 Week Four: Premiership

The BUCS season is upon us, and so our Power Rankings return along with your opportunity to have your say on how things stack up across the three tiers of the University game!

We’re collating this year’s rankings via the highly successful format used this past summer – polling not only our own team of BUCS 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!

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Let’s see who’s climbing the ladder following Week Four:

 

10. Derby Braves ( = )

Dire times for Derby as they take their third heavy loss of the season. They take on Leeds Beckett this Sunday in their last chance to get their campaign on track before the midseason break.

 

9. Portsmouth Destroyers ( = )

Portsmouth suffer the heaviest loss of the season so far in the top tier, as they travelled to the Bullets and were blown out of the water. They narrowly dodge dropping back down into the bottom spot.

8. Hertfordshire Hurricanes ( = )

The ‘Canes host the Lions in what in previous seasons would be considered the marquee matchup of the Prem South. Herts desperately need a win here else risk losing relevance in the race to the postseason.

 

7. UWE Bullets ( Down One )

How’d’ya win a game 48-0 and still drop a spot in the rankings? Well, it’s down to some big shifts in the upper half of the table following some incredible upsets in the top tier at the weekend!

The Bullets head to a couple of byes, before hosting Birmingham in what should be one helluva second meeting between these two in Week Seven!

 

6. Birmingham Lions ( Down Three )

The Lions’ loss sees them take a tumble into the lower half of the rankings. They fought hard for the win, but came up short under the brightest lights in Uniball.

Birmingham travel to Hertfordshire this weekend – a game where the Hurricanes will be pulling no punches, desperate to get their first win of the season.

5. Stirling Clansmen (Up Two)

The Clan’s upset victory over the Saints catapults them back into the top half of the rankings for the first time since the preseason! Their defensive line put in a helluva showing as they held the Saints scoreless for three quarters, including blocking both a field goal and the point after once Durham did eventually find paydirt.

We’ll see if the Clan can follow up this strong outing as they take on the quick-off-the-mark University of Nottingham this Sunday.

 

4. Leeds Beckett Carnegie ( Up One )

Carnegie climb to four as others shift around them. They return from two weeks off to host a battered-looking Derby Braves this weekend.

 

3. Durham Saints ( Down Two )

Following their first true regular-season loss since 2015, the Saints slide into third place. The loss goes a long way to making the Prem North look a lot more interesting, as the Saints will no doubt use the defeat as fuel later in the season.

They’ll spend the weekend figuring out what went wrong, before taking on gotten-hot Nottingham in Week Six, in what’s suddenly looking like a potential clash between title contenders!

 

2. Swansea Titans ( Up Two )

With a win at xpLosION, the Titans have established themselves as the team to beat in the Premiership South!

A strong all round performance under the tough conditions, the Titans will be standing tall when they host the Destroyers this weekend – distinct favourites to go into the Christmas break undefeated at 4-0.

 

1. University of Nottingham ( Up One )

A shock loss for the Saints left the top of rankings vacant, with new boys Nottingham the first team to reach for the throne!

Still, they’ll face a whole new test this weekend as they head on the road for the first time this season, taking their first top tier trip north of the wall to take on a Stirling Clansmen side that toppled the Saints!

A win here would give Nottingham great momentum heading into their first game against the reigning National Champs in Week Six, whereas a loss would no doubt burst the bubble and send them tumbling down next week’s rankings!

 

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Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1