A third of the way through the 2014 schedule and there is some definite separation happening amongst the teams that will be in the playoff mix come August, and those that will be playing for pride very soon.
Week Six again delivered some high scoring games, and proved that if a match isn’t a complete blowout, then you are involved in a close game. There is no middle ground it seems.
Our roundup begins in the Premier North and with a shutout, one of just three on the day, and East Kilbride Pirates second game of the year was very similar to their first. Sheffield Predators hosted the Scots but were no real match for them and the final score of 41-0 was fully justifiable. The other game played in this division was a much closer affair, with Gateshead Senators getting the better of Nottingham Caesars, 16-10.
Keeping up the trend of lopsided and tense finishes we move into the Premier South. Champions London Warriors blew away the Cambridgeshire Cats 62-6, East Kent Mavericks and Colchester Gladiators served up a 77 point thriller, with the Gladiators notching up their first win of the year 40-37.
Going one point better in the National North, Dundee Hurricanes and West Coast Trojans served up 78 points, the latter coming away with a 46-32 win.
In the Midlands Oxford Saints moved to 3-0 with a 14-0 road win against Leicester Falcons, but keeping pace with them on the same record are the Peterborough Saxons. They too won on the road and also had a tough time of things to stay unbeaten eventually overcoming Lincolnshire Bombers 15-9.
Up to the North West and a game which lived up to its pre-match billing. Staffordshire Surge are just not getting the bounce of the ball at the moment but they can be proud of the way they didn’t let the now 4-0 Merseyside Nighthawks run up the score, the final here being 28-6. However running up the score is exactly what the Manchester Titans did at the Walney Terriers. Titans improve to 2-1 after a 54-0 victory. In each of their wins they have posted 50+ on the scoreboard.
Kent Exiles are proving to be a dark horse and have quietly moved to 3-0 in the South East, an impressive 37-6 win over the Essex Spartans. They are not top dog here though, that position belongs to the now 4-0 Watford Cheetahs who had a comfortable 38-8 win at the London Hornets.
Finally we move over to the South West and the highest scoring team in the country were at it again. Farnham Knights are red hot right now and it seems that every time they touch the ball they will score. This weeks unfortunate victims were the Bristol Apache to the tune of 70-6. The Knights are now 4-0 having outscored their opponents 237-18. It seems the only team that will put any kind of pressure on them will the also free scoring Solent Thrashers. They face each other on the 8th June in what could prove to be the game of the season. Two more games here saw the Swindon Storm move to 2-1 after downing the Portsmouth Dreadnaughts, and Cornish Sharks broke even for the year at 2-2 after a 22-7 win at Torbay Trojans.