BUCS American Football Playoff results

The first round of this years British University Football playoffs were played this past Sunday and they had their fair share of drama as well as some blowouts for the favoured teams.

In the Championship playoffs, top seed the Stirling Clansmen had no trouble dispatching the Hallam Warriors, pitching a shutout, 38-0. Also keeping the opposition scoreless were the number three and four seeds Brighton and Birmingham, as they knocked out Sunderland and Cambridge respectively.

Second seed the Hertfordshire Hurricanes fought back from a 14-7 half time deficit to overcome UWE Bullets, 17-14. Perhaps the best comeback of the day though was reserved for the Imperial Immortals who fell behind quickly 12-0 against the Derby Braves, to finally edge out their visitors 14-12.

Other winners, and through to the last eight were Durham, Bath and Sheffield.


Hallam Warriors 0 Stirling Clansmen 38

UWE Bullets 14 Hertfordshire Hurricanes 17

Cambridge Pythons 0 Birmingham Lions 55

Loughborough Students 12 Durham Saints 18

Derby Braves 12 Imperial Immortals 14

Kingston Cougars 14 Bath Killer Bees 34

Southampton Stags 6 Sheffield Sabres 14

In contrast to the Championship set of games, where all top eight seeds went through, it wasn’t so plain sailing for the second set of teams that are contesting the Challenge Trophy.

True to season form the Swansea Titans won their game quite handily, but only after an early scare by the Newcastle Raiders. It was the Portsmouth Destroyers who were the highest seed to fall in the Trophy, after holding an early 8-0 lead, they relinquished 26 unanswered points to the UCLan Rams.

In the game of the day that went down to the very end Exeter beat their higher seed opponents, NTU, by a score of 29-28. The two teams that played out a complete defensive slugfest were Surrey and Kent. Scoreless at the end of regulation they went into overtime, and finally it was the Falcons managing a score to win 6-0.

Also through to the quarter finals are Carnegie, RHUL Bears, Glasgow and UH Sharks.


Newcastle Raiders 34 Swansea Titans 55

UCLan Rams 26 Portsmouth Destroyers 8

University of Nottingham 6 Carnegie 30

Exeter Demons 29 NTU Renegades 28

UEA Pirates 14 RHUL Bears 23

Surrey Stingers 0 Kent Falcons 6 OT

Brunel Burners 19 Glasgow Tigers 42

LJM Fury 12 UH Sharks 16

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