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The busiest weekend of Division Two action so far this season certainly didn’t disappoint as Week Ten had it all going on!
Undefeated dreams were crushed, the first southern champion was crowned and a rare #50Burger scoreline topped off an incredible weekend of BUCS balling!
But what does this mean for the D2 Power Rankings?
No teams topple from the top ten this week, though we do some serious shifts up and down the rankings following the weekend’s results!
The Chichester Spitfires’ Week Ten fixture may have fallen by the wayside, but their 4-1 record is still enough to keep them well in the conversation! They travel to KCL in Week Eleven with the chance to really shake things up should they upset the ranked Regents.
As has been the tale for the past few weeks, the York Centurions remain just on the cusp of a rankings berth. They travel to the Heriot-Watt Wolverines this week, both teams eager to give themselves the best shot at postseason action with a win this weekend.
Similarly, the Sunderland Spartans are beginning to feature in some of our Pollsters’ top ten, courtesy of a nice recovery from their disastrous start to their campaign. Three straight wins has them in the playoff mix, but really they want to be working to get their postponed York game rescheduled in the time-remaining them, just in case.
10. Bristol Barracuda (4-1) – Down One
Inaction sees Bristol slip a spot once again… but they have the perfect opportunity to reclimb the ranks when they take a trip to Worcester this weekend, squaring off against the Royals.
Worcester’s win over the Bobcats has moved them within touching distance of a first-ever conference title for the programme, but the Barracuda can yet swoop in if they’re able to come away with a win this weekend and potential set up a three-way atop the 2A South West…
9. Royal Holloway Bears (3-1) – Down One
Following their Week Ten fixture against Chichester being postponed, Royal Holloway slip a spot, having reappeared in the rankings last week,
The Bears’ situation is an interesting one – we’re in Week Eleven, but the Bears only have four fixtures under their belt and it’s this, rather than a lack of ability, that’s keeping them behind the pack in the 1A South.
Odds are their BNU fixture will go down as a walkover, but their game against Greenwich in Week Twelve is still most likely a must-win if the Bears want playoff football… and really. the Royal Holloway committee should be looking to get that Chichester game back on the slate, too, just in case.
8. MMU Eagles (4-1) – Up Two
The Eagles put together their most convincing performance of the season, right when they needed it most!
Bouncing back from their Week Eight flop against the Falcons, the Eagles put in their best offensive performance of the season against the Hawks in Week Ten and move just one win away from sealing the deal on Division One football for next season.
They can get their talons on a conference crown this weekend – a win over the currently winless Chester Legion, combined with a DMU loss to Lincoln, cements their place atop the 2A Midlands.
7. KCL Regents (4-1) – Hold
The Regents stay put in the #7 spot for yet another week – we’ve seen no sight of them since Rain Week.
They finally return to action this Sunday, playing host to the Chichester Spitfires in a must-win matchup for both outfits.
The 1A South is a messy looking conference right now, so there’s much more than the Regents’ ranking spot at stake in this weekend’s game.
6. Edinburgh Predators (5-1) – Down Five
Despite being the first D2 side crowned in 2018/19 it’s probably not all that surprising that the Predators find themselves taking quite a tumble down the rankings this week, following their upset loss to the unranked Teesside Cougars on Sunday!
Whether it was complacency, resting starters, or the Cougars are just Edinburgh’s Achilles heel (beating them last season as well) we’re not sure… What we DO know however is that, odds are, the Predators’ slip-up has probably cost them the #1 seed in the North.
5. Bournemouth Bobcats (5-1) – Down Two
The Bobcats may be guaranteed postseason balling, but we doubt they’ll consider that much compensation following their crucial loss to the Royals in Week Ten.
The Worcester win moves Bournemouth out of the #1 spot in the South West, so don’t be surprised if the Bristol Barracuda find themselves with some extra fans this weekend – a Cuda win over Worcester is the Bobcats’ best bet of still securing the top spot in the conference.
That, and they’ll need to win out their remaining fixture against the Redhawks in Week Twelve.
4. Staffordshire Stallions (4-1) – Up One
The Stallions made it four-straight wins with a comfortable win over the Colonials at the weekend – though they didn’t manage to maintain their shut out streak.
Their missed Week Nine game against DMU has been rescheduled for Week Twelve, but their biggest hurdle remains their day one loss to MMU.
We’ll say it again – this could well be the best team in the tier that won’t be winning its conference this season.
3. Essex Blades (5-0) – Up One
Apologies to the Blades, as we didn’t spot it immediately to celebrate it on Sunday evening (despite it being pretty bloody obvious) but their Week Ten win over the Rhinos sealed the deal on the team’s second-ever conference crown, the first Southern D2 side to lock up D1 balling so far this season!
That makes this weekend’s game vs the UEL Phoenix something of a formality, but considering the Blades currently hold the #1 seed in the South?
They’d be wise to not let their foot off the gas this Sunday – especially after the Phoenix proved to have more phight about them than we previously thought, taking a win away from the Pythons last weekend.
2. Worcester Royals (5-0) – Up Three
Worcester will play host to the Barracuda this weekend, and a win would lock up the Royals’ first-ever conference title!
This team have come an awfully long way in recent seasons.
1. Leeds Gryphons (4-0) – Up One
The Gryphons return to their roost in the #1 spot following a comfortable win over the Vikings… ably assisted by the Predators’ slip up against Teesside!
They travel to the MudDogs this weekend with a chance to lock up the 2A North title.