Launceston character praised after narrow Henley loss

Launceston RFC
Launceston have only lost twice since the middle of November

Launceston director of rugby Neil Bayliss has hailed the character of his side after their narrow 29-28 loss at National Two South leaders Henley.

The Cornish All Blacks led 18-0 at half time but slipped 22-18 behind after having two players sin-binned.

Billy Searle's try at the end gave Launceston a kick to win the match, but he could not convert it.

"We showed great character to get anything out of this game, let alone two losing bonus points," Bayliss said.

So near, yet so far: Launceston's one-point losses this season
6 September:Launceston 18-19 Bishops Stortford
13 September:Redruth 14-13 Launceston
25 October:Lydney 20-19 Launceston
1 November:Launceston 21-22 Southend
15 November:Cambridge 32-31 Launceston
17 Janaury:Henley 29-28 Launceston

The loss was the sixth time this season that Launceston have been beaten by a single point, and leaves them ninth in the table.

If they had won all six of their one-point losses they would now be fifth in the division.

"I'm absolutely delighted with the performance of the guys overall," Bayliss told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"They're not top of the league for no reason, they're a good rugby side, we just killed them with possession in the first half and when you haven't got the ball you can't play rugby.

"In the second half, we let them back into it. We didn't have possession and they capitalised on that.

"Obviously we would have liked to win and we had a kick at the end to win it and we missed that, but it's just part and parcel of rugby.

"We're coming together nicely," Bayliss said.