Broncos get Separation
Sitting atop the HNC after one week was an unfamiliar place for the Grangemouth Broncos, whose victory over the Glasgow Hornets gave them the initiative in this season-long three team race. With their win over the Oilcats in Aberdeen, the Broncos now have room for error as we approach the mid-point of the season. The Broncos took the lead at the death through Liam Fleming’s goal-line reach after the Oilcats came back from a deficit.
The Broncos are firm favourites to win their first division crown. Can they keep ahead of the chasing pack?
Mixed Results at Home
The Oilcats started their hosting duties with a sparkling defensive effort, defeating the Glasgow Hornets 20-6. Their win moved them comfortably ahead of the Glasgow side, but that slip-up against the Broncos has cost them ground in the race for the division title. Not only that, but their victory over the Edinburgh Outlaws had our eyebrows raised. 18-14 was the final score. The Oilcats could be without some star players for their cross-conference games. That triumph over the Hornets could be for naught if they don’t press on against the MEC sides.
Hornets have mountain to climb
One loss for the Hornets was weird enough to look at in the overall standings – but two losses in two game-days has the Hornets potentially outside of Britbowl contention for the first time in five years. Their defense was an issue against the Broncos in the opening set of games, but in Aberdeen the offence seemed to match that performance with a measly six point effort against the Oilcats – an Oilcats defence that on paper has gotten weaker during the offseason. The offence was disjointed in the first game-week, but in Aberdeen it looked broken.
Next up, the Hornets will be hosting a set of cross-conference games and will be desperately looking to get back on track.
Carnegie Clan Arrives
It might be a week late, but the Carnegie side we saw last season finally showed up in Aberdeen. With a full compliment of receivers, Stuart Anderson and co. managed to put the Clyde Comets to the sword – 72-12 was an emphatic win for the Fife squad. That great work was almost undone by a lacklustre start against the Edinburgh Outlaws, as Carnegie fell behind 12-0. They roared back with 27 points unanswered to take two wins home. With other results going their way, Carnegie in this form are almost guaranteed to avoid relegation. We’re picking them to pick up some surprising scalps when the MEC come calling.
Edinburgh in Trouble
Things are getting a little dicey in the capital city – the Edinburgh Outlaws have played each team in the HNC once, and haven’t a win to talk of. We were impressed by their more pro-active approach; last season they were happy to keep scores low, but a more swashbuckling approach put them close to defeating the Oilcats. This time last season, the Outlaws managed to get some breathing room between them and the Comets at the bottom of the table. Now, they’re playing a bit of catch up. They’ve undoubtedly got the talent and nous in their ranks – it’s high time they picked up some wins.