Players deserve plaudits for promotion push, not me says Saffron Walden coach
PUBLISHED: 07:11 14 April 2016
With Saffron Walden RFC just one game away from securing the London 2NE league title, Danny Hunter says the players and the club as a whole should take all the plaudits, and not just him, for their success.
Walden travel to basement club Basildon this Saturday knowing that their fate is in their own hands after a spectacular season.
The Henham outfit have won 17 of their 20 games this campaign, leaving them eight points clear of nearest rivals Sudbury with two encounters remaining and the head coach is quick to direct praise on his players and the club.
Hunter told the Reporter: “Taking me out of the equation, I think it’s completely the club and the players who deserve everything.
“What the club has built up over the last few years is a significant thing.
“They’ve been hovering around the top of the league for a while and they’ve also been a tight-knit group. There’s some players that have played in this team for over 10 years so they deserve this.
“Their attitude towards what we have done this season has been superb and regardless of what I’ve done, they’ve been outstanding.”
The league leaders can be forgiven should they allow a modicum of complacency to creep into their mindset prior to their Basildon trip with the hosts having lost all their games this season.
However, an “excited” Hunter knows anything less than 100 per cent concentration could cost them a valuable win.
He continued: “I will just be saying the usual things to them like ‘they’re the best team in this league’ and they’ve shown that almost every week.
“They’ve bought into that this season and if they keep thinking that then we will win on Saturday.”
He added: “It would have been nice to have been at home for our first chance to seal it but I’m sure all going to plan, we’ll be back in Saffron Walden to enjoy it with the people that couldn’t be there.
“It’s a success for the town and for everyone involved in Saffron Walden Rugby Club.”