BUCS University Football update

BUCS University Football update


The Premier North saw the Durham Saints go (7-0) and seal the division title after defeating the Derby Braves 21-6. With a game at (2-4) Leeds Beckett before hosting the Saints, the (4-2) Stirling Clansmen could  join Durham in the playoffs.

In the Premier South the Hertfordshire Hurricanes squeezed passed the Swansea Titans 36-32 to set up a huge battle for the division title with the Birmingham Lions on February 25th that assumes both (5-1) teams win their next game. The Hurricanes next travel to the (2-3) Portsmouth Destroyers while the Lions host the (0-5) Bath Killer Bees.

The University of Nottingham overcame their neighbours the NTU Renegades 21-6 to take the division 1A Midlands title with a 6-0 record while the Renegades will be hoping to win their two remaining games to make the playoffs.

The Plymouth Blitz ensured a playoff berth with their 32-8 triumph over the Cardiff Cobras in division 1A South West.

The Kingston Cougars 32-18 victory over the Surrey Stingers and the Brunel Burners 21-0 shutout of the Sussex Saxons saw both teams go 5-1 in division 1A South.

The Kent Falcons’ 20-0 shutout of the Canterbury Chargers confirmed their playoff spot with a 6-0 record, joining the (6-1) UEA Pirates. Next week the two teams meet in Kent and with the Falcons already having a victory over the Pirates, a win for Kent will confirm them as division 1A South East champions.

In division 1A North, the Glasgow Tigers were edged out 22-18 by the Northumbria Mustangs to throw the division wide open with the Tigers 4-3, the Edinburgh Napier Knights 4-2 and the Mustangs 4-2. The final game on February 25 between the Knights and the Mustangs looks huge.

After starting the season 0-2 in the 1A Yorkshire division, the University of Central Lancashire Rams won their next four before knocking off the division leaders Sheffield Hallam 28-7 last weekend to move into top spot.

The Manchester Tyrants overwhelmed Tarannau Aberystwyt 50-0 in division 2A North to confirm a playoff spot alongside the Bangor MudDogs who beat the Bradford Bears 28-6. The Tyrants 28-0 triumph over the MudDogs in November could be the tiebreaker that decides the division title.

In the 2A Borders, the Teesside Cougars 30-20 success over the Edinburgh Predators opens up the opportunity for the Cougars to advance to the playoffs while the (5-0) Newcastle Raiders can extend their unbeaten season this weekend with victory over the University of West Scotland if the Pyros field a team. The Pyros did not field a team for their last scheduled game.

The Southampton Stags played out an exciting game against south coast rivals Bournemouth Bobcats in division 2A South West taking the 27-20 win with 30 seconds to go. A report of this great game can be found here.

The Oxford Brookes Panthers 13-6 defeat of the (2-2) Gloucestershire Gladiators saw them join the Stags in the playoffs, both with a 5-0 record. When the Stags host the Panthers on February 25, the division title will be decided.

The Queen Mary University Vipers were already 2A South East division champions while the Essex Blades 18-7 win over the University of East London Phoenix saw the runners up spot still to be settled.

The (5-0) Brighton Panthers were confirmed as division 2A South champions with one remaining game against the (2-2) City of London Wolfpack on February 25.

Gordon Dedman

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