Portsmouth Dreadnoughts vs Cornish Sharks Match Report

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A WIN in their first play-off game was a dream come true for Portsmouth Dreadnoughts head coach Luke Head-Rapson.

The Hook Lane outfit beat the Cornwall Sharks 19-3 in their SFC2 play-off match.

The Dreadnoughts will now travel to face the Wembley Stallions Sunday.

Head-Rapson commended his team on staying strong and closing the game off in the final quarter.

He said: ‘It feels absolutely amazing to get the win.

‘To get a win in the play-offs is something I’ve always dreamt of, it is fantastic and an amazing accomplishment for the team.

‘It was a tough and physical game but we had the grit and intensity to get the win.

‘The players kept going and I was impressed by that.’

The Dreadnoughts took the lead in their last home game of the season against Cornwall.

In the first quarter running back Dan Thomas ran 34 yards into the endzone to put them ahead 6-0.

Cornwall struggled to get towards the endzone and settled for a field goal as the quarter drew to an end at 6-3.

It took until the final quarter for the Dreadnoughts to push further ahead.

Quarterback Stu Rees ran from 12 yards for the six points and a 12-3 lead.

The homeside then put the match to bed after defensive back Joe Clulow intercepted a pass and returned it for the touchdown.

They converted the extra point and the game finished 19-3.

Head-Rapson is now preparing his team for the Stallions and being one win away from the SFC2 championship game.

He added: ‘I am up for the challenge we’ll get from Wembley who are unbeaten all season.

‘But the fact we have beaten an unbeatable team before gives us the confidence to do it again.

‘No team is unbeatable but they are a tough competitor.

‘We will have to put on a great performance to beat them but to be the best, you have to beat the best.’

The Dreadnoughts are going into the game on the back of a six-game winning streak and Head-Rapson said he has every belief in his players to go on to win against the Stallions.

‘I can’t start doubting us now,’ he said.

‘We have got the toughest game of the season to play and we will have to pull out all the stops.

‘Everything depends on this one game. If we can play the way we should play then we will get the win.’

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