Richards is chasing yet another win on own turf
Graham Richards believes a team storming the league should have only used half the amount of players his Sudbury rugby side have, making their achievement all the more remarkable.
After their 60-7 demolition of Old Brentwoods, another home win against sixth-placed Wanstead on Saturday (3pm) would give them 17 victories from their 18 games.
But it would also see them go to second-placed Cantabrigian the following weekend with at least an eight-point lead at the summit with just four games remaining.
Director of rugby Richards said: “We have used 44 players in the league and cup. We used 40-odd last year and the year before, but the reality of the situation is teams in our position use 18-20, which shows the consistency of selection.
“We lost eight guys travelling overseas and yet at the moment we are undefeated, which is testimony to the people playing.”
He added only one of the 18 used Saturday, Sam Conning, had not started in Sudbury’s youth set-up, something he is fiercely proud of, with the side’s average age hovering around 22, despite having a 36-year-old in Scott Harries.
With two wingers having started in the centres on Saturday, Ethan Wright (shoulder) will come back in, but club captain Tom Summers (knee) — who has just started running again — looks unlikely to play again this season, along with Alex Pears, who requires a scan on the shoulder he has previously had an operation on.