Coach proud ahead of Dreadnoughts' final

LUKE HEAD-RAPSON told of his pride ahead of Portsmouth Dreadnoughts' maiden play-off final. The Hooks Lane side meet Hertfordshire Cheetahs in the SFC division two final in Leicester on Sunday.

Wednesday, 29th August 2018, 12:43 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd September 2018, 12:16 pm
Portsmouth Dreadnoughts face Hertfordshire Cheetahs in the SFC division two final on Sunday. Picture: Neil Marshall

The Dreadnoughts secured their place after beating the South Wales Warriors 37-12 in the last four. 

Head-Rapson revealed reaching the final is what his team set out to achieve this season.

And, regardless of the result against the Cheetahs, he believes the Dreadnoughts have had a successful campaign.

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'That is what we aimed for this season,' Head-Rapson said.

'Last year it was reaching the play-offs, this year we knew we could go one step further and reach the final.

'I cannot say how proud I am of the team and everything we have achieved this year.

'Regardless of what happens this Sunday, this season has been a tremendous success.

'It's pretty incredible.'

The Dreadnoughts have played Hertfordshire twice already this season, winning at home and losing away.

The Cheetahs went on to win the SFC South division two title after having a better head-to-head record than the Dreadnoughts.

Head-Rapson is expecting another close game and insists his troops will have the bit between their teeth going into the battle. 

He added: 'We have a lot to prove after the last game.

'˜I am eager to face them again.

'˜I know the players will be keen to show we are better than when we lost against them.

'They will also want to show they are the better team.

'˜It's a close one and I am really looking forward to it.'