Saffron Walden coach says the future's bright despite cup exit
PUBLISHED: 11:31 11 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:39 11 February 2016
Saffron Walden may have been dumped out of the London & SE Intermediate Cup by London Exiles but coach Daniel Hunter described the defeat as a "nice cup loss"
Walden, who currently lead the London 2NE table by six points with seven games remaining, were never in Saturday’s third-round loss and only winger Ben Nash’s late try saved them from being whitewashed, going down 29-5 to their London 2SW adversaries at Henham.
However, on the whole, Hunter was pleased with his youthful team’s showing and he took several positives from the elimination.
Hunter told the Reporter: “We made a few changes and gave three Colts and some second-team players a chance because it was a game I thought we could experiement in.
“We had some bright spells and displayed some good combinations during the game and at times we responded well to the pressure we were under which I think shows the future is promising.
“There were some things to improve but I think it’s good that we made these mistakes because it’s something to learn from. It can make you a sharper team so in a way it’s a nice cup loss.”
With all eyes back on the league this Saturday, as Walden host local rivals Cantagbrian, Hunter is hopeful the team can deliver another win.
He continued: “Cantabs have won three of their previous four league games and they beat one of our promotion rivals, Diss, last time out so we’re under no illusions about the challenge ahead.
“It’s going to be a physical battle similar to the one back in November that we just about won but we know we’ll have to be on our mettle.
“The boys are working really hard at the moment and we know we can only control what we can control so we’ll give it our best shot in these next few games and hopefully we’ll get the right result.”
Turn inside for a report on Saturday’s cup defeat.