Power Rankings | BUCS 2018/19 Week Nine: Premiership

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With the biggest top tier game of the weekend falling foul of the weather, will we see much movement in the Premiership Power Rankings?

10. Derby Braves (0-6) – Down One

Derby might have dodged giving up a burger to Notts, but a second-straight shutout, their fourth of the season, sees them drop to dead last in the rankings.

If they’ve got any hidden Aces up their sleeves, now’s the time to play them – a loss in Week Ten against the Clansmen will lock the Braves into relegation.

9. Portsmouth Destroyers (0-6) – Down One

The Destroyers put in a respectable performance while hosting the table-topping Bullets on Saturday, which raises them off the #10 spot.

Even so, they have to win out from here if they hope to remain a Premiership programme – it’s down to them, the Lions or the Hurricanes as to who’ll be playing Div One football next season.

 

 

8. Birmingham Lions (2-3)  – Hold

The Lions’ll return to action this weekend, taking on the Titans for a second time this season, hoping a win against Swansea will be just the ticket to get their season back on track.

The two teams ran each other close back in Week Four, but Lion’s season then took a deep dive ahead of the break. Has the holiday period allowed Birmingham to get their bite back?

 

7. Hertfordshire Hurricanes (2-3) – Hold

With their Week Nine fixture versus the Titans pushed back, it’s going to be a push for the Premiership South to see a full slate of fixtures completed.

The Hurricanes will host the Destroyers this weekend, with the opportunity to secure their top tier status for next season.

 

6. Stirling Clansmen (2-3) – Hold

The Clan make a trip south of the wall to take on the Derby Braves in Week Ten.

With the Braves being the team that kicked the Clan out of the playoffs last year, perhaps it’s only fitting that the Scotsmen will have the opportunity to remove the Braves from the top tier should they emerge victorious this weekend.

 

5. Durham Saints (2-3) – Hold

The Saints stay put in #5 following no action at the weekend. The snow may have cost them their Week Nine clash with Carnegie, but the schedule has another stacked up for this Sunday. Currently sat in the fourth seed spot out of the North, the reigning champs need to start winning, and soon, if they want a home berth come the postseason.

 

4. UWE Bullets (5-1) – Hold

UWE might be sitting at the top of the Prem South table, but their modest victory over the Destroyers wasn’t enough to see them climb any higher up the rankings.

They head to a bye this week, before rounding up their campaign with back to back fixtures against the Swansea Titans that will more than likely decide which team wears the conference crown come season’s close!

 

3. Swansea Titans (4-0) – Hold

Swansea stay put, for now, but a hectic end to the season beckons!

Following their clash against the Hurricanes being lost to the weather, the Titans now have four fixtures to fit into three weeks of football.

 

2. Leeds Beckett Carnegie (3-1) – Hold

No action, no movement from Carnegie once again!

Their fixture versus the Saints was lost to snow in Week Nine, but conveniently the two teams are scheduled up for a second shot at one another this Sunday!

It should be an absolute corker of a game!

 

1. University of Nottingham (6-0) – Hold

A unanimous #1 ranking for Notts this week as they move within touching distance of a Premiership North title in their first season in the top tier!

They head to a bye, before taking on the Clansmen.

 

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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