Power Rankings | BUCS 2018/19 Week Twelve: 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!

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The regular season is over… And so this represents our very final instalment of Power Rankings for the 18/19 season – essentially a preview of how our pundits and Patreons see things stacking up in the postseason!

 

10. Derby Braves (0-8) – Hold

The Braves are Division One bounde. Don’t be surprised to see them right back in these rankings by the 2020/21 season though.

 

9. Portsmouth Destroyers (0-7) – Hold

The Destroyers’ final fixture versus Herts has been voided. They return their focus to middle tier football as we await the news as to who’ll be taking their spot in the Prem South.

 

8. Hertfordshire Hurricanes (3-4) – Down One

Herts wrap up their year with a loss to the Lions, meaning it’ll be the first time in… many seasons we see this proud programme wrap up its campaign with a losing record.

It’s certainly been interesting to see the top tier getting a shake-up this year, and will be intriguing to see what the traditional powerhouse programmes can do to play catch up.

Herts hit the road for the first round of playoffs, a daunting trip up to the undefeated Prem North champions, Nottingham

 

7. Swansea Titans (5-3) – Up One

The Titans end their three-game tumble with a nice-looking win over the Bullets.

The 48-6 stomping is good enough to earn Swansea a home berth in the first round… but we have to question whether the scale of the win is down to the Titans’ own return to form, or UWE simply not bothering to contest the fixture. We’ve heard differing stories on this one, but the truth of the pudding will be in the playoffs!

They’ll host the defending National Champs, the Durham Saints, Sunday.

 

6. Stirling Clansmen (3-5) – Down One

Stirling’s slide down the rankings continues courtesy of a disastrous second half against Durham.

The Clansmen more than held their own through the first half of the fixture, matching the Saints score for score… but it all went awry in the second half, with Durham pulling clear away and leaving the Clansmen with a long trip to Bristol to open up their postseason.

 

5. Birmingham Lions (5-3)  – Up One

The Lions continue to reclimb the rankings courtesy of a strong finish to their campaign – rounding our their regular season with three straight wins on this side of the midseason break.

Even so, it wasn’t quite enough for them to clinch a home berth in the South, and so it’ll be the first time for many-a-year that the Lions are forced to hit the road for their first postseason fixture.

A trip up to Leeds Beckett beckons.

 

4. Leeds Beckett Carnegie (5-3) – Hold

Carnegie hold onto the #4 spot… just barely.

Though they impressed through the first half of their campaign, their performance down the stretch has clearly left a lot of pollsters concerned about whether Leeds have enough gas left in the tank to contest a National Championship.

 

3. UWE Bullets (6-2) – Down One

UWE drop a spot in the rankings and should probably think themselves lucky it wasn’t further considering their large loss to the Titans at the weekend.

In fairness to the Bullets, all signs are they pulled most of their starters ahead of the game – their title already locked up, they had little to play for and a lot to lose should any key ballers pick up injuries.

Instead, they set their sights on this weekend’s hosting of the Stirling Clansmen.

As the votes for the Britball Nation pick’em polls flood in, we suspect the Bullets could well be the lone southern squads favoured to win their opening postseason fixture…

 

2. Durham Saints (4-4) – Up One

If anyone needed convincing that Durham are still dangerous? Just look at their second-half performance versus the Clansmen in Week Twelve!

The two teams seemed evenly match through the first two periods, but as so often seems to be the case, the Saints made impressive adjustments in the second half to transform the closely-fought fixture into a rout – not only avoiding a losing record for the defending National Champions, but also dodging the Bullets.

 

 

1. University of Nottingham (7-0) – Hold

Undefeated Prem North champs in their first year in the tier. Not a bad standard to set for themselves.

Notts wrap up the year as the favourites to hoist a first-ever National Championship this season.

 

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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