The race to Leeds continues, and the competition to get there is getting fierce. Both the Championship and Challenge set of playoff quarter finals gave us at least one upset of the rankings, and another closely fought overtime game in Kent.
Top ranked Stirling continue their postseason dominance by almost claiming another shutout only to see the Sabres of Sheffield score in the waning moments of their game. It was the Clansmen easing through in a 48-7 rout.
Keeping pace with the men in Scotland are the Lions in Birmingham. They also kept their opposition scoreless in the first round, but this time they conceded first and early, but recovered to roll over Durham, 41-2.
Hertfordshire, played up to their number two seed by beating a tough Bath side, but the upset of the round was Imperial shutting out Brighton on the road. This was the first time a lower ranked team had beaten a higher placed side in this years Championship playoffs.
CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFFS – QUARTER FINALS RESULTS
(8)SHEFFIELD SABRES 7 (1)STIRLING CLANSMEN 48
(7)BATH KILLER BEES 18 (2)HERTFORDSHIRE HURRICANES 36
(6)IMPERIAL IMMORTALS 14 (3)BRIGHTON TSUNAMI 0
(5)DURHAM SAINTS 2 (4)BIRMINGHAM LIONS 41
The Challenge Trophy playoffs are giving us some real close games, and the last eight was no different. Swansea are the pick of the bunch and despite a slow start they ended strong to dispatch UCLan Rams.
Hull hung in all day against the Royal Holloway Bears, but eventually couldn’t quite get past the team ranked 21 in this years play. Meanwhile in Kent, the Falcons had another low scoring game, and another overtime battle. This time though, unlike last week, they couldn’t get over the line and Glasgow advance to the semis.
The shock of the round was reserved for Exeter, as they travelled to Leeds. The Demons are in the last four as the lowest ranked team by upsetting their hosts 27-14.
CHALLENGE TROPHY – QUARTER FINAL RESULTS
(31)UCLan RAMS 6 (17)SWANSEA TITANS 38
(29)EXETER DEMONS 27 (19)LEEDS CARNEGHIE 14
(24)HULL SHARKS 20 (21)RHUL BEARS 28
(27)GLASGOW TIGERS 10 (22)KENT FALCONS 7 OT