Kil­shaw praises sur­vival suc­cess

Rochdale Observer - - TRAVEL -

ROCHDALE Hor­nets head coach Alan Kil­shaw has com­mended his team af­ter they se­cured their safety in the Kingstone Press Cham­pi­onship.

While Hor­nets may have suf­fered a nar­row 26-22 de­feat against Sh­effield Ea­gles dur­ing the week­end, re­sults else­where meant it was con­firmed the team will re­main in the di­vi­sion next sea­son.

Hor­nets were tipped by many on­look­ers to go down this sea­son due to the small bud­get they have com­pared to some of their ri­vals, and with that in mind, Kil­shaw is ex­tremely pleased with what his play­ers have man­aged to achieve.

“We’re now safe in the Cham­pi­onship and that should be cel­e­brated as the play­ers have done well this year,” he said.

“It’s a bit bit­ter­sweet af­ter a loss, but we’re play­ing Cham­pi­onship rugby next sea­son and with the bud­get and re­straints we’ve got, we’re proud to have achieved that.

“I’m pleased for the chair­man, all the board, the staff and the play­ers.

“It’s a col­lec­tive ef­fort. It’s been a tough year, but we’re bet­ter for it and de­serve to stay up.”

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