AASE League: Preview & Predictions as Phase 2 begins

The AASE League returns on Wednesday for the start of phase 2 in the 2017 competition.

 

Phase 1 saw the two divisions of 7, split North and South, play six games each against the other sides in their respective divisions. Following those six rounds, each conference split in half.

 

That split is phase 2, with there now being a Division 1 and Division 2 for each of the two conferences. The top four from each phase one conferences make up the two Division 1s, while the bottom 3 from each make up the two Division 2s.

 

North Pool Division 1

 

Worcester 6th form College are the top seeds in this pool after their sensational 30 points from 30 in phase one. They are joined by Oaklands College and Gosforth Academy, as well as Brooksby Melton College in their debut AASE season.

 

This opening round sees Gosforth, one of the most exciting sides to watch in the country, host the newcomers, Brooksby Melton College, while Worcester 6th form College are at home to Oaklands College. Wins are vital now, the top side fro this conference will face the top side from the South Pool Division 1 in the AASE final at Allianz Park, and it is very likely that three wins from three will be needed.

 

South Pool Division 1

 

Hartpury College picked up six wins from six in the first phase and they head up this top division in the south. They are joined by St Paul’s Catholic College and Henley College, as well as Exeter College, the only side other than Hartpury to ever claim the AASE crown and the reigning champions.

 

Hartpury’s challenge to regain that title form Exeter starts away at Henley College on Wednesday, while Exeter are also away, to a strong St Paul’s Catholic College side.

 

North Pool Division 2

 

The division two conferences have just the tree teams in them, that means one side in each will have a bye each week. In North Pool Division 2 it is Bishop Burton College that have the rest week, with Myerscough College hosting Moulton College, who are yet to win but picked up a bonus point in every single game in the first phase.

 

South Pool Division 2

 

Having a bye in the opening week are Beechen Cliff, who just timed their return to form a little late in the opening phase, performing well towards the end but having just too much of a deficit to make up in order to get into the top half. Their rest means that Wednesday’s game is between SGS Filton College and Truro College.

 

As always, if you have any videos, photos, or reports from the week’s AASE rugby, please feel free to send them in via Twitter (@FifteenRugbyXV), Facebook (www.facebook.com/FifteenRugby), Instagram (@fifteenrugbyxv), or through email (writers@fifteenrugby.com).

 

AASE League Phase 2 Round 1 Fixtures – Wednesday 8th November (predictions in bold):

 

North Pool Division 1

 

Gosforth Academy v Brooksby Melton College

Worcester 6th form College v Oaklands College

 

South Pool Division 1

 

St Paul’s Catholic College v Exeter College

Henley College v Hartpury College

 

North Pool Division 2

 

Myerscough College v Moulton College

Bishop Burton College – Bye

 

South Pool Division 2

 

SGS Filton College v Truro College

Beechen Cliff – Bye

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