We saw all four conferences in action this Saturday, as three of the four leagues closed up their regular series with a fifth and final tournament!
In Division One North we saw a statement performance from hosts, the Leeds Chargers, as they bounced back from a narrow loss to the Wolves a fortnight ago with a 50-14 victory that, combined with a win over the Titans, locked up a second-straight Northern title for Leeds!
Meanwhile, in the South the Birmingham Lions simply needed to play to form to successfully defend their southern title – but boy did they go above and beyond – rounding out their campaign with two huge wins over the Steelers and Tornadoes!
In Division Two, the final tournament in the south saw the Wembley Stallions continue to be a cut above the competition – they locked up the conference title some time ago, but this weekend they continued their incredible form, securing an undefeated 8-0 season! Meanwhile, a first victory of the year for the Kent Exiles over the Oxford Saints will see the Exiles progress through to the postseason.
And finally, the Northern half of the tier met for their third of four tourneys (their final fixtures next weekend) and though the Cheshire Bears emerged ahead of the pack following a second straight two-win tournament, it remains all to play for in this conference! With narrow scorelines across the board so far this series, if the Lions or Steelers can reign supreme next Saturday they could yet steal the top spot in Division Two North!
#SapphireD1North – Leeds
Edinburgh Wolves 14-50 Leeds Chargers (FT)
Manchester Titans 41-19 Derby Braves (FT)
Leeds Chargers 30-0 Manchester Titans (FT)
Edinburgh Wolves 44-8 Derby Braves (FT)
#SapphireD1South – Sandwell
Sandwell Steelers 0-70 Birmingham Lions (FT)
Birmingham Lions 34-0 Hertfordshire Tornadoes (FT)
Sandwell Steelers 0-50 Hertfordshire Tornadoes (FT)
#SapphireD2North – Sandwell
Birmingham Lions B 20-26 Cheshire Bears (FT)
Cheshire Bears 16-10 Teesside Steelers (FT)
Birmingham Lions B 12-28 Teesside Steelers (FT)
#SapphireD2South – Oxford
Oxford Saints 6-40 Wembley Stallions (FT)
Wembley Stallions 28-0 Kent Exiles (FT)
Oxford Saints 19-30 Kent Exiles (FT)