After a long and exciting season the British University football season is coming to a close. We are down to the last four in both the Championship and Challenge playoffs.
This Sunday all the hard work will end for four, but the winners will go on to the John Charles Stadium in Leeds in eight days time.
Last week the Imperial Immortals pulled off the only upset of a higher ranked opponent in this years Championship playoffs. If they do it again this week against the Stirling Clansmen, it could go down as one of the biggest upsets in recent memory, such is the dominance from the men North of the border.
The other semi final in the Championship sees a rematch of the past two finals, the Birmingham Lions have been in great form in the postseason allowing just 2 points. They will have to reach the final the hard way though, on the road against the number two ranked team in the nation, Hertfordshire Hurricanes.
CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS – Ranking in brackets
IMPERIAL IMMORTALS (6) at STIRLING CLANSMEN (1)
BIRMINGHAM LIONS (4) at HERTFORDSHIRE HURRICANES (2)
A reminder that the Swansea Titans are the only team that were in the Challenge Trophy playoffs that lost just once in the regular season. It was almost twice as their visitors this coming Sunday nearly knocked them off. Exeter Demons are a bit of a surprise package so far and will be out to gain revenge for the narrow, high scoring 48-40 defeat to the Titans during the year.
The last match to cast our eyes over could be the game of the weekend. Glasgow Tigers go to the Royal Holloway Bears off the back of a 10-7 win in overtime against Kent, whereas the Bears kept Hull at arms length with a 28-20 win last week. They both play tough defence and clearly have enough in the tank to go the distance.
CHALLENGE TROPHY SEMI-FINALS – Ranking in brackets
EXETER DEMONS (29) at SWANSEA TITANS (17)
GLASGOW TIGERS (23) at ROYAL HOLLOWAY BEARS (21)