PORTSMOUTH Dreadnoughts head coach Luke Head-Rapson has hailed his team’s latest result as ‘the biggest win in our history’.
The Hook Lane outfit travelled to Hertfordshire in their SFC South Two game to play the Cheetahs – a team who, at the start of the game, sat top of the league with an unbeaten record.
But the Dreadnoughts stunned the home side with a 16-7 victory last Sunday.
Head-Rapson said: ‘It was probably the biggest win the Dreadnoughts have ever had.
‘A lot of people say we are the team who beat who we are expected to beat and lose to teams we are expected to lose against.
‘But this game definitely changed that.’
Head-Rapson added he was impressed with how the team forced the Cheetahs to play out of their comfort zone.
‘I was impressed with our defence and we completely shut down their run game,’ he said.
‘They tried to impose their will on us but we dictated the play and made it difficult for them.’
In the first quarter of the match, the Cheetahs showed their dominance and were the first team to get on the scoreboard.
They ran the ball into the endzone and scored the extra point to take the lead 7-0.
But the Dreadnoughts were not deterred by the early touchdown.
In the opening minutes of the second quarter, running back Patrick Kanyinda was handed the ball by quarterback Stu Rees and ran the short distance to the endzone.
The visitors went for the extra two points with Jake Smith converting with his run.
At half-time, the Dreadnoughts led 8-7.
They had to wait until the fourth quarter to extend that lead after line-backer George Evans intercepted the ball from the Cheetahs quarterback. He ran 55 yards downfield to score a touchdown.
Smith was found in the endzone for the two extra points and the game ended 16-7.
The victory, Head-Rapson said, was one which showed the Dreadnoughts were contenders in their league.
He added: ‘I do think if we play up to our potential, we are contenders to win the league.
‘But until we can beat more of the top-tier sides on a regular basis we aren’t necessarily favourites to win but we are contenders.’
The Dreadnoughts’ next game is at home to Hastings Conquerors this Sunday.
And despite beating them 58-6 in the previous fixture, Head-Rapson said the players need to approach the game like they did against the Cheetahs.
He added: ‘Hastings just beat the Bournemouth Bobcats which was their first win of the season.
‘They will be looking to cause an upset against us because they did that last week and saw us do it too so they know it can happen.
‘I expect us to come out with the same level of intensity as we had against the Cheetahs.
‘We need to have that desire which showed we are capable of beating any team when we put in the effort in.’
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