56-5 winners, you are now BBO 4N Champions, describe that feeling at the full-time whistle?
Paul Handley: “One of ecstasy, the boys have put in a lot of work, we stuck to our patterns. We pushed ourselves. Throughout the season we had a couple dips, the two games vs Oxford, Wheatley away, but we always felt confident coming into the last game we could put it to bed. I was nervous throughout, even though it was something like 10 tries to 1 I couldn’t relax until that full-time whistle.”
Borja, when you lost to Wheatley were their any worries that the league might have slipped away?
Borja Corrochano: “We were definitely worried a little bit, we knew that game would probably define the season. But it’s a tough league, they lost a couple games and it was really tight. We knew if we played for each other, played our patterns we were fully confident we could do it.”
With the amount of injuries Banbury Rugby Club has suffered this season, does it make it more incredible that the club has managed to put out 3 sides each weekend and that you’ve won the title?
Paul Handley: “Absolutely, 100%. We set ourselves some targets before the season. One was to grow the player pool. That increased player pool is the reason we’ve been able to win the league. One of those losses was because of injuries, how we managed to even get 15 players that weekend I still don’t know. We’ve had so many players and they’ve all done so well.”
As Captain Borja, describe how proud you are of the boys:
Borja: “I am really, really proud of all the boys. This team is pretty special. It’s not just what we’ve achieved, it’s how we achieved it. The group of lads are fantastic, it’s not all about the rugby. It’s about what happens before the game, after the game, we love playing rugby together. I wouldn’t change any of them for anyone, it’s just been fantastic.”