Wits coach Gavin Hunt not reading too much into current Absa Premiership log
Posted: 16 February 2017 Time: 13:48
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has called on his team to forget about the Absa Premiership standings until all the teams have played an equal number of games.
The Clever Boys’ workmanlike victory over Orlando Pirates on Wednesday night thrust them to the top of the standings, albeit only on goal difference, as they reached the halfway mark of the league season.
With 31 points from 15 games, the same tally as Cape Town City, who have also played two more games, Wits are sitting in a comfortable position, although Mamelodi Sundowns are only five points adrift with three games in hand over the Students.
And that fact means Hunt is not falling for the order of positions at the moment.
“We have a false league, haven’t we? The league is false. Let’s be honest,” he responds well aware that Mamelodi Sundowns can overtake them if they win even just two of their three games in hand.
In the top five, anchored by Sundowns, SuperSport United have played 16 games [29 points], Kaizer Chiefs 17 [30 points] and Cape Town City on 17 matches [31 points].
“We are two games behind now and Sundowns are four games behind so the league is false. Until everybody plays the same amount of games I think we will get a better reflection," he adds.
"But at the moment you can’t get a real bearing of where anybody is. At the moment, it is a false league this year. Very difficult [to judge] but we will just keep playing and see what is in front of us,” argues Hunt.
Following a difficult run during which they won just once in the last six league games before the Christmas break, picking up just six out of a possible 18 points, Hunt’s men have opened the New Year with two wins in a row.
“We had a bad five games before Christmas but it was because we were unfortunate in drawing three games. It was one of those things as we weren’t playing badly but were conceding poor goals. We have now brought ourselves into the pack when we could have been six or seven points clear,” he notes.