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BAFA Adult Contact Week 12 Preview

BAFA Adult Contact Week 12

With a Great Britain camp this weekend the Premiership teams have a league-enforced bye week. We have some games with huge implications in Divisions 1 and 2 across BAFA Adult Contact Week 12. Let’s dive into the action of this week’s games.


All games kick off at 2 pm unless otherwise stated.


Division 1

NFC 1 – Scottish

Inverclyde Goliaths (5-1) vs Highland Stags (1-5) – 1 pm

Clyde Valley Blackhawks (3-4) vs Glasgow Tigers (3-2)


The Stags travel to Inverclyde who remain undefeated at home this season. Unfortunately, Highland is also coming into this fixture after a 49-7 loss to Glasgow Tigers last week. A must-win game for Highland if they wish to secure their future in Division 1. For Inverclyde, they’ll be looking to keep the Tigers at bay until their showdown in two weeks as well as maintaining their second seed in the Division 1 North.


Clyde Valley and Glasgow meet again following a surprise victory by the Blackhawks when they visited Glasgow. Now Clyde Valley has won two in a row and plays host to the Glasgow Tigers for their final game of the regular season. The Tigers have had an up-and-down season, but they come into this tie having beaten the Stags away from home 49-7 and will need to win this matchup to keep up with the Goliaths.

 

NFC 1 – North

Scunthorpe Alphas (3-2) vs Chester Romans (3-3)

Yorkshire Rams (4-1) vs Humber Warhawks (1-4)


When the Alphas and Romans last met it was Chester who came away 24-21 victors. Both teams have a chance of the playoffs but will need to win out. Scunthorpe have been efficient on offence scoring an average of 35 points per game, but they come up against a good Chester defence who are conceding a meagre 13 points per game on average.


Yorkshire are on a roll with three wins in a row and finds themselves in the driver’s seat for the playoffs. We were supposed to see the reverse of this fixture in Week 3, but it was rained off so will now occur in Week 15 instead. With a win this week and a Chester loss, the Rams will secure a playoff spot. Humber needs to win out to secure a place in Division 1 for next season, the issue is their last three games are against the top 2 of the division. Last time out, in Week 9, they lost to the Alphas 55-6.

 


NFC 1 – Midlands

Leicester Panthers (1-5) vs Nottingham Caesars (5-0)


Nobody expected a 35-0 victory for the Panthers against the Bulls last week. With that, they now hold the head-to-head against the Bulls so need one victory to keep up with the Bulls in the race for Division 1 survival. The issue is they come up against the Caesars who don’t know how to concede points, 11 points in 5 games. However, how affected are the Caesars going to be by the clash with the GB camp?

 

SFC 1 – East

Kent Exiles (3-3) vs London Blitz B (2-4)


Both teams have two games left but with both playoff spots secured by the Mavericks and Olympians, and the Devils confirmed as relegated, these two have third place in the division to play for. In the reverse of this fixture, the Exiles came away 35-6 victors. Kent has a good defence conceding less than two touchdowns a game and the London Blitz B have struggled to score against teams that aren’t the Norwich Devils, Kent is likely the favourites going into this game.

 

SFC 1 – Central

London Hornets (1-5) vs Oxford Saints (0-6)

Wembley Stallions (4-1) vs Rushmoor Knights (7-0)


Leg 1 of the fight for survival went to the London Hornets who won 17-0. So, the picture is clear, Oxford need to win by 18 points to be within a chance of staying in Division 1 for next year. As expected, the Hornets’ defence was too much for the Saints’ offence last week, will that be the case this week?


At the other end of the table is a matchup with huge implications. Rushmoor has already secured a playoff spot but will be keen to secure a top seed in the Division 1 playoffs. For Wembley to achieve top-spot in the Division they’ll need to beat Rushmoor by 8 points. The reverse fixture was back in Week 2 where Rushmoor won 35-28.

 

SFC 1 – West

Bournemouth Bobcats (2-3) vs Somerset Wyverns (3-3)

South Wales Warriors (5-2) vs Hereford Stampede (0-7)


There’s not a lot of history between the Bobcats and Wyverns but at this point in the season, only Somerset can qualify for the playoffs with a win and the unlikely scenario where the Warriors lose to the Stampede. Otherwise, both teams are fighting for 3rd place in the division.


South Wales Warriors’ victory last week against the Apache came as a surprise to most. The Warriors still need to win this week to ensure playoff qualification but if they also have ambitions to win the division they’ll need to concede as few points as possible and hope Bristol concede a lot more next time around against Bournemouth.

 


Division 2

NFC 2 – East

Doncaster Mustangs (1-4-1) vs Darlington Steam (6-0)

Wakefield District Raiders (1-4-1) vs Gateshead Senators (5-1)


A tough matchup ahead for Doncaster. The reverse fixture ended in a 70-21 victory to Darlington. Doncaster have also had a leaky defence at times this season. Darlington has confirmed a playoff spot but will be now aiming for the top spot in the division and seeding in the playoffs.


Wakefield and Gateshead last met in Week 3 which ended in a 18-0 win for Gateshead. Wakefield has shown numerous times this season that they can make life difficult for the top two in the division. If they can find some efficiency on offence, then they can cause Gateshead some difficulty. Gateshead will be looking to win this game to force a top-of-the-division showdown in Week 14.

 

NFC 2 – West

Sandwell Steelers (4-1) vs Staffordshire Surge (5-0)


Another game with huge implications in division standings. Should Sandwell win they secure a playoff spot and set up a finale against the Surge in Week 14 to decide who finishes top. Should the Surge win they claim the division title and continue towards a top seed in the playoff seedings. Last time out, in Week 4, the Surge won 27-23.

 

SFC 2 – East

Colchester Gladiators (5-0) vs Essex Tridents (5-1)


More top-of-the-division clashes in this matchup where both sides have a chance to win the division. The two sides were separated by one point back in Week 2 where Colchester came out 13-12 victors. Should Colchester win, they have effectively a two-win advantage in the division, should Essex win by more than one point they have a chance of winning the division if they win their remaining games.

 

SFC 2 – Inter-divisional

Berkshire Renegades (3-3) vs Ipswich Cardinals (2-4)


A repeat of this inter-divisional matchup where first time around Ipswich won 17-0. Ipswich can’t gain a playoff spot but they’ll be aiming to overtake Ouse Valley Eagles with a win over Berkshire going into their final game. Berkshire has playoffs on the line, needing a victory to secure a playoff spot. They’ve had an up-and-down season so far and will need to find more efficiency on offence to secure a spot.

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