The first big battle in the South will see the visit of the Swansea Titans to the Birmingham Lions this Sunday. With both teams on (2-0), the victors will stand alone on top of the division.
Last season, the teams split the games with the results each going the way of the home team. Titans won 48-12 and Lions triumphed 28-20. Both teams made the playoffs but went out in the quarter-finals. They each lost to the eventual finalists.
In the South last week, two winless teams faced each other. When the game finished, they still had failed to register a win. The (0-1) UWE Bullets played out a 26-26 tie with the (0-1) Hertfordshire Hurricanes. The Bullets will host the (0-2) Portsmouth Destroyers Sunday.
In the Premiership North, the Durham Saints confirmed their status as the team to beat. The Saints overwhelmed the Derby Braves 43-0. This follows their 32-9 win over the Braves in week one. Next Sunday, the (0-1) Stirling Clansmen travel to Durham while the Braves make the trip to the (1-0) University of Nottingham.
The top matchup in 1A South West produced the thrilling game we expected. The Southampton Stags and the Cardiff Cobras exchanged touchdowns with the Stags eventually coming out on top. The Cobras put the first points on the board, but the Stags fought back to take a slender 15-14 lead at the half.
The Cobras struck again in the third quarter, but the Stags were not to be denied. Two touchdowns put them 31-22 ahead. Despite Cardiff adding seven points, Southampton held on for the 31-29 win. Southampton now top the division at (2-0) and host the (1-0) Exeter Demons Sunday.
In 1A South, the Brunel Burners played the Brighton Panthers for the second straight week. After a 40-3 win at home, the Burners were disappointed with their 6-0 win at Brighton. Sitting on top of the division at (3-0) surely counts for something though?
In the 1A Yorkshire/Lancashire, the UCLan Rams edged past the LJMU Fury after trailing by 17 in the 4th quarter with 7 minutes remaining. The Rams 46-43 triumph means they stay top of the division at 3-0.
The 1A North saw the Northumbria Mustangs go top at (2-1) after their last minute touchdown produced a 9-6 victory over the Edinburgh Napier Knights.
Congratulations to the Lincoln Colonials in the 2A Midlands who won their first game of the season and put their winless record of last year behind them. Their 39-0 shut out of the Chester Legion see the Colonials top the division where point-scoring appears a scarce commodity.
The Heriot-Watt Wolverines and the York Centurions had 16-8 and 18-2 wins respectively over the YSJ Jaguars and the UWS Pyros. They now head the 2A Borders at (2-0). The Centurions will host the Jaguars for the battle of York next Sunday.
The 2A South West division has three teams on (2-0). This Sunday’s clash between two of those teams, the Oxford Brookes University Panthers at the Bristol Barracuda could see one of the team taste defeat for the first time this season. The third team on (2-0), the Worcester Royals host the (0-2) Gloucester Gladiators.
Three teams have yet to kick a ball in anger this season but will be looking forward to their first action this week.
The City Wolfpack in 2A South travel to the (1-1) Greenwich Mariners. The Anglia Ruskin University Rhinos in 2A South East host the (1-1) Cambridge Pythons while the Bournemouth Bobcats travel to the (0-2) Oxford Lancers in the 2A South West.
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