Bury St Edmunds only have to win at relegated Rochford Hundred tomorrow (3pm) to finish their title-winning campaign unbeaten.
The London One North champions visit the south of Essex to take on the side who lifted themselves off the bottom of the table with a 19-17 win over Diss on Saturday — just their third success of 2012/13.
Hundreds of supporters turned out at The Haberden on Saturday — many with their voucher for free entry from last week’s Free Press — to cheer on Bury on home soil for the last time this season and join in the celebrations at the end of their 59-0 over Luton when the London One North title shield was presented by Rugby Football Union (RFU) president Bob Reeves.
“We’ve been building up to that performance over the last few weeks,” said Bury’s head coach Gavin Hogg. “We’ve introduced a few little things into training to keep it fresh and take them into next season’s campaign — it was good to see those come off in the game.”
Even though the result tomorrow would appear a formality, especially as Bury saw off Rochford 99-0 in the reverse fixture, Hogg is demanding one final committed performance from his all-conquering team to end the season in the perfect way.
“It’s a matter of us going out there and being professional,” said the ex-Stowmarket coach. “Rochford have absolutely nothing to lose because they are relegated.
“Every side wants to be the one that turns us over, so we have one more big professional job to do before we can enjoy it next week.”
Reflecting on Bury’s victory against Luton, Hogg added: “That scoreline was probably above our expectations.
“We woke up in the morning knowing we were going to be in for a very physical game and they certainly took it to us early on.
“A couple of scores probably changed the game and took the heart out of them — we’re absolutely delighted to finish on that note on our own patch.
“I’m still adamant that Luton are the best side we’ve played this season and we had to be absolutely superb from number one to 18.”
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