HOGG: ‘DO IT FOR THE FANS’
Gavin Hogg is desperate to reward Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club’s fans with championship glory ahead of a crunch season finale at the Haberden.
A large travelling contingent made the trip to London in the hope of seeing their side seal the National League Three London and South East title last weekend, but celebrations were put on hold as Bury hearts were broken following a dramatic last-gasp 28-27 defeat to nearest rivals Barnes.
But with a three-point advantage at the top of the table and their destiny still very much in their own hands, the head coach has urged his side to fulfil their promotion aspirations with victory over visiting Gravesend tomorrow (3pm), in front of what promises to be a bumper crowd.
“It is difficult to sum up my disappointment but on reflection, some way down the line we will appreciate how close we came in a brilliant game of rugby,” conceded Hogg following the defeat to Barnes.
“We always envisaged it was going to be a tight game and we felt going into it we had enough armoury to win it.
“There was a sense of overriding disappointment coming out on the end of a one point loss and I have a big task to lift the guys ahead of Saturday.
“However, we still have the opportunity to close things out at home and that is the one positive we still have.
“The major thing is that it is still in our hands and Saturday is important to reward the fans who travelled down to Barnes.
“That would repay them for showing amazing support throughout the season.
“We owe it to them and sealing the championship would be a fantastic achievement in front of a large crowd and I guess it is set up for a great spectacle.”
Despite the intense pressure surrounding tomorrow’s encounter, Hogg remains confident of securing a victory against their ninth-placed opponents that would make Barnes’ result away at 11th-placed Westcliff irrelevant.
“We have always been in control of our own desitny and that is massively important to be able to lift the guys,” he added.
“If we go out with the right mentality and preparation we will beat Gravesend.
“We need to put on a bit of a spectacle and close out the championship, but I am confident we will bounce back and win the title in front of our own fans.”
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