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The Division Two schedule was hit the hardest in Week Nine, as we saw only a measly five fixtures played out, of the thirteen initially scheduled!
With most results going much as expected, can we really expect to see much change in this week’s Division Two Power Rankings?
Liverpool Raptors – The Raptors probably deserve a rankings spot, but we haven’t heard from them this side of the midseason break and it’s meant they’ve dropped off people’s radars. Still, they return to action this weekend and a big performance against Aberystwyth could be just the remedy to remind our pollsters the Raptors are a legitimate playoff contender.
The Chichester Spitfires are starting to pick up a bit of a buzz, as more and more of our contributors featured the 4-1 outfit in their Division Two top tens! Still, perhaps their two toughest tests of the season remain ahead of them, as they face a gotten-hot Holloway Bears this Sunday, ahead of the table-topping Regents in Week Eleven!
The York Centurions remain just on the cusp of a rankings berth, though a postponed game against Sunderland this past Sunday did them no favours.
Finally, the DMU Falcons missed out on their Power Rankings debut by the slimmest of margins this week – with their Week Nine game lost to the weather, I expect our team are looking to see how they fare against Stallions before entrusting the Leicester side with a rankings berth… Hopes are the fixture will be rescheduled ahead of the end of the regular season.
10. MMU Eagles (3-1) – Down One
Things are looking more and more crowded at the time of the 2A Midlands, and as such MMU’s position in these rankings is looking more and more tenuous.
They host Huddersfield this weekend, and even though they hold the head-to-head over Staffs can afford no more slip-ups if they intend to be the team that swipes the Midlands crown this season.
9. Bristol Barracuda (4-1) – Down One
Inaction means Bristol are leapfrogged by another outfit, dropping them down to ninth.
They’re still well in the running for postseason action, and indeed aren’t out of the race for promotion if they Royals can do them a favour by besting the Bobcats this weekend, leaving Cuda the opportunity to create a threeway tie at the top of the South West should they be able to win-out themselves.
It’s all to play for for the top three teams in this conference, and that’s just the way we like it!
8. Royal Holloway Bears (3-1) – Re-Entry!
Royal Holloway reappear in the rankings following a three-poll absence!
One of the few fixtures to survive the wintry weather, they picked up a crucial win against the Emperors in Week Nine that puts them right back in the very crowded race for the top spot in the 1A South – five of the conference’s eight teams currently boast three wins or more and are capable of yet securing the top spot in the conference!
The Bears however currently hold the head-to-head over two of their four contenders, and can secure a third when they face the Spitfires in Chichester this Sunday!
7. KCL Regents (4-1) – Hold
The Regents stay put in the #7 spot.
They’re still the odds-on favourite for the 1A South title, but there’s an increasingly large pack right on their heels and any slip up in the next few weeks could prove fatal!
Having had a hectic first half of their campaign, we won’t see KCL again until Week Eleven when they round out their season with must-win games against the Spitfires, followed by the Emperors!
6. Staffordshire Stallions (3-1) – Hold
The weekend’s weather leaves the Stallions stuck at 3-1, and still needing help from elsewhere to oust MMU from the top of the 2A Midlands.
They hit the road to the Colonials this weekend, eager to keep their hot streak alive… but also expect Staffs fans to be eagerly following other scorelines on Sunday, including paying particular attention to the MMU/Huddersfield clash.
5. Worcester Royals (4-0) – Down One
However, Week Ten brings about the perfect opportunity to reclimb into a podium position as they take a trip to the table-topping Bournemouth Bobcats!
It’s a must-win game if the Royals intend to return to Division One football, though they’ll also need to best the Barracuda in Week Eleven to truly lock up the top spot in this hotly contested conference.
The biggest issue from our perspective? The quandary of how we’d add a crown into the Royals logo should they win the South West title…?
4. Essex Blades (4-0) – Up One
Nominally it’s still possible for any team to top out this conference, but those who look a little closer will see the Blades have proven themselves a cut above their contenders already this year.
Short of losing their remaining two fixtures (and by some 30+ points) they’re on the road to D1 football – we’ll start taking measurements for their crown, which’ll be secured should they win against the ARU Rhinos this weekend!
3. Bournemouth Bobcats (5-0) – Hold
A walkover win against Bath Spa moves the Bobcats to 5-0 and all but locks up postseason action for the south coast side.
This weekend sees them play host to the Royals, and expect both sides to lay it all on the line as a win over Worcester for the Bobcats would secure them Division One football for next season!
2. Leeds Gryphons (3-0) – Down One
With their Week Nine fixture postponed due to pitch issues, it means we haven’t heard from the Gryphons since ahead of the break, and as such their hold on the #1 spot has finally been relinquished!
They take on the Edge Hill Vikings this weekend, eager to finally get things moving again – any more postponements and there’s a very real risk Leeds could yet lose it’s place atop the 2A North simply due to not getting enough fixtures played!
1. Edinburgh Predators (5-0) – Hold
Leeds who? We haven’t heard from the Gryphons in so long, they’ve clearly begun to slip off people’s radars. As such, it’s the Predators, as the first team in the tier to secure their conference crown, who lock up the #1 spot this week – ousting a Gryphons outfit that have held it since Week Two!
Impressive, considering Edinburgh didn’t even take to the field in Week Nine.
They can complete their campaign undefeated when they take on the Teesside Cougars this Sunday – but could well need an impressive scoreline if they want to hold onto their place at the pinnacle of D2 football as we’re fairly certain the Gryphons will be gunning to reclaim the #1 berth in Week Ten!