They finished today in style, beating Cheltenham 15-11. However, the key result in Super 5s terms happened on day one when they edged out Invicta 13-12. It made it highly likely that Invicta would drop to Championship 1, for the first time in three years.
The issue was quickly settled on day two. Invicta faced Manchester and actually led 3-0 early on. But any chance of a shock victory disappeared as they but were gradually overpowered by the undefeated champions, who won 17-10, including another five goals for Dan Paddon (5), plus strong contributions from Cam Richards (4) and Aron Ando (3).
Competing in the Super 5s will be Manchester, Cheltenham, Sheffield, Solihull and Lancaster. Invicta, Welsh Wanderers and Polytechnic join the top five from Division 2 – Penguin, Caledonia, Sutton & Cheam, Exeter and Watford – in what should be an extremely competitive Championship 1.
Lancaster made their Super 5s place secure with a 19-11 victory over Welsh Wanderers, including a remarkable 13-goal haul by unstoppable Tom Curwen.
Photos (Trevor Hyde):
Above - Eyes shut . . . Invicta's James Spencer-Boyle gets in a shot against Solihull. Below - Spilios Kaloudis on the attack for Manchester.