RUGBY LEAGUE: Platt wants to end season on high

Falmouth Packet: Jonny Platt wearing the pink headgear during the SW Challenge Cup Final. Picture: DAN BARBARY Jonny Platt wearing the pink headgear during the SW Challenge Cup Final. Picture: DAN BARBARY

JONNY Platt said he wants to his Cornish Rebels team to use their retention of the South West Challenge Cup to spur them onto winning the Grand Final in August.

Last season the Cornishmen were beaten in the match having won all the other competitions available to them up to then.

Player-coach Platt said he was proud to retain the Challenge Cup but now his side must focus on their next targets.

“I'm amazed and thrilled to have won the cup to go with our nines titles from earlier this year,” he said.

“Now we have got the league and Grand Final to go on our season's targets and that is what we have to look to next.

“I'm so proud to have won this again and the guys should use this for the rest of the season.”

Last season's Grand Final was played on the same Polson Bridge pitch used on Saturday and Platt said he was happy to get a demon out of the club's system.

Platt said: “This is our bogey pitch and we nearly mucked up, but we kept our composure and that was a great win.

“The lads had to buck up their ideas in the second half and play simple rugby, which we did do and that pushed us over the line.

“Exeter only had a couple of players from when we played them the other week and they really put it up to us so to come out with a victory is great.

“For me as a Cornishman it is brilliant to keep the trophies in Cornwall.

“We are a rugby nation and to bring home cups is class.”

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