Now, it’s time for a drink
Players know they have accomplished their goal when their hard-nosed head coach is dancing along with them.
During the Super 8s run, Paul Rowley gathered his team in a circle on the field and asked the players to lay off the beer garden and keep focus.
On Saturday, he joined them in a pint, celebrating a job well done and reflecting on a season like no other, working on two continents for nearly a year.
“These bunch of players will never play as a family again,” Rowley said. “But we’ll look back at 2017 and all the memories we made.”
After the team’s final home game against Doncaster next Saturday, Rowley can concentrate fully on the Kingstone Press Championship next year.
“We planned for Phase 2 at the same time we planned Phase 1.”
Rowley said the team will celebrate and let things settle down before preparing for Doncaster.
He also gave credit to a couple of players who will be heading back to England this week as both Dan Fleming and Greg Worthington will be welcoming new additions to their families.