Class of the Titans
Despite being regarded as the underdogs of the division, the Swansea Titans finished third in their division with a winning record.
The Titans were not just the first Welsh team in the history of UK University American football to play in the premiership, they were also the first Welsh team to reach the playoffs since the league’s restructure. They were ultimately knocked out in the playoffs by Loughborough but the loss shouldn’t take away from what was a great season for the University American football team.
The season began with a shock 22-13 win over the Kingston Cougars, a team that had previously denied the Titans’ promotion by knocking them out in the 2014-15 playoffs. The win had shocked the UK University American football world and was the sign of things to come for the underdog Titans team. The team followed up on the shock result against Kingston with a comfortable 26-0 win against the Bath Killer Bees, another game that pundits expected the Titans to lose.
Not everything went perfect throughout the season however, they went on to lose their following two games against the ferocious Birmingham Lions. The Titans found themselves within touching distance of taming the Lions who were last years Premiership champions after only losing 28-19. Unfortunately, nine seemed to be Swansea’s unlucky number against Birmingham as they would go on to lose by another nine point deficit the following week.
The team’s confidence had clearly taken a knock after the losses to the Lions and this was apparent in the team’s third win of the season against the Killer Bees. Whilst the Titans were able to seal the win over the Killer Bees, they were only able to scrape a 9-8 over a team they had previously beaten 26-0. The Titans’ offence were seemingly carried by their defence in the Bath game, which is not something the Titans’ offence were happy with. The defence however were more than happy with their performance and justifiably so.
The following week, the Titans lost 35-18 to a thunderous Hertfordshire Hurricanes team. The loss became a catalyst in the Titans’ season, especially from an offensive point of view. Swansea found themselves playing Hertfordshire again the following week but this time, the Titans were home.
The Titans completely outplayed the previously undefeated Hurricanes on every front. The defence looked superior, the offensive line dominated, the receivers stepped up and running backs Shaun Vaughan and Josh Hughes ran right into the eye of the storm and came out with touchdowns. In an interview, Charlie Cooksley, a currently injured third year linebacker, proclaimed that it was ‘one of the best Titans games’ he’d ever seen.
Although the University season is over, the Titans still find themselves with a game to play. They face the Cardiff Cobras on the 5th April in a vicious rivalry that has all the makings of a great game. Calum Lyle, a star defensive back for the Titans, said that he believes that ‘whilst it may be close, I expect a Titans win. It’ll be a great way to end the season’.