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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Let’s see who’s climbing the ladder following Week Two:
10. Portsmouth Destroyers ( = )
They head to a bye before facing new boys, the UWE Bullets in Week Four – a crucial game if the Destroyers intend to remain top tier contenders.
9. Derby Braves (Down One)
A weekend off sees the Braves slip into ninth place in the rankings… And things may not get any easier this weekend when they go up against the Saints for the second time in a row.
They were well off the pace a couple of weeks ago, so we’ll see whether they’ve been able to make any adjustments.
8. Stirling Clansmen (Down One)
Similarly Stirling drop a spot following a weekend off. They hit a second straight bye, before we see what would typically be considered the marquee fixture of the Prem North, when they head to the Durham Saints.
7. UWE Bullets (Up One)
They lead against the Lions for the majority of the fixture, but surrendered a two-score lead just ahead of the half, and despite an incredibly tense and exciting fourth quarter found themselves coming up short against the reigning conference champs.
The rematch in Bristol should be a humdinger, but next up for the new addition to the top tier are the Hertfordshire Hurricanes in Week Three.
6. Hertfordshire Hurricanes ( = )
We’ll learn a lot about the shape of the Prem South when they host the Bullets this weekend.
5. Leeds Beckett Carnegie (Down Three)
Despite opening the year with a fifty burger against the Clan, the Carnegie offence struggled in their second outing against a talent-stacked Nottingham D. Luckily their own defence seemed to be on outstanding form and so it was a deadlocked game throughout – the newest team in the North eventually edging it by a point
They’ll have two byes before taking on the Braves.
4. Swansea Titans (Down One)
Surprised to see Swansea drop a spot here considering they put in a shutout showing against the Destroyers – it looks like our pollsters have bought into some of the ‘more exciting’ scorelines elsewhere in the tier.
They’ll next take the field under the bright lights of xpLosION, squaring off against the Birmingham Lions for the top of the table.
3. Birmingham Lions (Up One)
It might only be Week Two, but the Lions-Bullets game could easily be a Game of the Season contender as the Birmingham outfit fought their way back into the game from a hefty early deficit – some fourth-quarter heroics finally besting the Bullets in the Bristol side’s Prem South debut.
xpLosION agaist a strong looking Swansea side is up next – look out for a corker of a game and a wealth of hashtags if the Lions pull off the W.
2. University of Nottingham (Up Three)
I might have been only by a point, but the Green and Gold made a statement with a win in their Prem North debut – best we can tell, they’re first promoted side to win their opening fixture since the tiers system was put in place!
Sure, they only narrowly edge the win by a single point, but it was against a Carnegie side that had looked dominant in their season-opener versus Stirling.
We’ll see them next against the Braves in Week Four.
1. Durham Saints ( = )
And while it wasn’t quite unanimous this week, the Saints maintain their spot atop the rankings.
They host the Braves on Sunday looking to make it three wins in a row over Derby in back-to-back-to-back league fixtures going back to the National Championship game.