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      The Bournemouth University Bobcats face Bristol in the first playoff game this Sunday

      ByMonelo Gabriel

      Feb 24, 2023

      This Sunday, the Bournemouth University Bobcats take on the Bristol Barracuda in their first Division 1 playoff game.

      After going undefeated last season and being crowned Division 2 South Champions, the Bobcats look to continue their success, having lost just one game in the last 2 calendar years, contrary to many people’s predictions.

      When asked about the team’s performance this season, offensive captain Aaron Taylor said: “We have exceeded some people’s expectations. People thought we would fight harder than we have, but we have kept our heads down.”

      Bournemouth hold a 66-6 lead over their 2 meetings with Cuda 4-4 during the regular season, with two dominating performances the team are keen to replicate this Sunday at Chapel Gate.

      The last time Cuda visited Bournemouth, the Bobcats dominated on both sides of the ball, as well as on special teams, with game MVP Fabio Gama scoring two kickoff return touchdowns.

      Despite not being challenged by the Bristol side yet, BU is set for Barracuda’s best performance yet. Defensive captain Cormac Meade said: “We never know what’s going to happen, we just have to take each replay as it comes and play for the person next to us.” Thus making it clear that the very familiar side of Cuda is not being overlooked.

      The Bobcats are coming off a performance that Meade said, “Put his name on the map,” beating local rivals Southampton Stags 35-0, in a game broadcast live to more than 1,000 viewers.

      The highly anticipated first round playoff game will take place this Sunday at 1pm at Chapel Gate, Bournemouth, where the locals are looking to progress in the tournament, where they will play the winner of the Hertfordshire Hurricanes and the Exeter Demons.

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