UWE Bullets Vs Gloucestershire Gladiators
The UWE Bullets topped the pre-season division 1 power rankings and will go in as favourites over Gloucestershire Gladiators. They will be favourites to take the South West division and have a strong all round roster. Gloucestershire Gladiators need to improve on offence if they are to upset the Bullets, despite having a powerful front seven defence.
UWE Bullets by 10

Swansea Titans Vs Plymouth Blitz
The Swansea Titans will hoping be to build on reaching last seasons playoffs and winning the Plate Trophy by challenging for the South West division title, and open up against the Plymouth Blitz. They will be hoping Simon George can produce the same quality of last year and rounded out pre-season with a confidence boosting 32-0 win over Aberystwyth. Meanwhile Plymouth finished in the bottom half of the South West division last season, struggling on offence with just 56 points in four games, the second worst record in the division. On paper, this should be a comfortable victory for Swansea.
Swansea Titans by 14