Every game like a cup final says head coach as Saffron Walden RFC close on London 2NE promotion

PUBLISHED: 17:07 09 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:08 09 March 2016

Saffron Walden RFC v Norwich

Saffron Walden RFC v Norwich


Daniel Hunter says Saffron Walden are chomping at the bit to finish the job as they inch their way towards the London 2NE title.

Walden bounced back from defeat at promotion rivals Sudbury a fortnight prior to narrowly see off Norwich 17-7 at Henham on Saturday and retain their seven-point cushion at the top of the table.

With another free weekend coming up before they embark on the title run-in agin, the head coach is trying to take the positives from the situation.

Hunter told the Reporter: “It’s a bit funny how the league works out with these breaks at the end of the season.

“It would be nice to just to rattle the end of the season off.

“With the way its set out, we’re waiting a couple of weeks to get one step closer [to the title] so it’s a little bit tedious.

“It does give us time to relax and prep our minds though.

“We’ll take the positive side out of it and say that we’ll rest a couple of bodies who have knocks from Saturday so an extra week won’t do the players any harm.”

Tries either side of half-time from Paul Marshall and Ben Nash set up last weekend’s victory and Hunter was pleased with his side’s focus at what is now a critical time of the campaign.

He said: “It’s probably easier to chase [the league frontrunners] than sit there and be chased so every game is like a cup final for us now.

“It’s been really good and the boys have re-focussed in the last couple of weeks and I think that showed in our win over Norwich.”

A trip to Rochford Hundred stands in the way of Walden’s quest for another maximum points haul a week on Saturday (March 19) and he knows it won’t be easy against their ‘historical rivals’.

Hunter said: “There’s a bit of history between Saffron Walden and Rochford, especially away. They always give us a good game.

“It’s just another game and we will prepare like normal.

“We just need to ignore the pressure that’s on us and hopefully we can come out of it with another victory.”

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