Loss means end of season for Platypi

The Platypi have bowed out of the 2019 Blowes Clothing Cup after the weekend's loss to Cowra Eagles. Pictured Charlie French trying to break through the lines at an earlier game.

The Platypi have bowed out of the 2019 Blowes Clothing Cup after the weekend's loss to Cowra Eagles. Pictured Charlie French trying to break through the lines at an earlier game.

The Platypi firsts 2019 season has ended with a 37-13 loss to the Cowra Eagles in Sunday's minor semi-final match.

The near full-strength host side was ruthless in capitalising on Forbes' errors throughout the match.

Forbes captain-coach Jack Hammond didn't mince his words assessing the performance with our Cowra sports colleagues at the end of the game, acknowledging his side was done in by a team that was better for nearly the entirety of the day.

"Cowra well and truly deserved it, they were the better side right from the kick-off," he said.

While Forbes converted a couple of penalty goals early to take a 6-0 lead, they only put up a single try for the remainder of the game, with Jarrod Hall's effort in the 57th minute mild relief amidst Cowra's second half onslaught.

For the Eagles' part, it was difficult to pick a player for best afield with Troy Jeffs, Miller, Viliuesa Koilagi and Garrizo Gonzalo all showing moments of individual brilliance, while a late Bill Cummins tackle was also mentioned by Jeffs as an inspirational effort.

"From one to 15, they showed their strength, and they showed they played as a team," Hammond said.

"Today, we just didn't follow our patterns and our structures and it really showed."

Hammond admitted it was a difficult day for his team, with opportunities few and far between early.

"I think early on we didn't have much of the ball and we were defending a lot and we missed a lot of one-on-one tackles and I think that showed us either our confidence or our timing just wasn't there," he said.

"I think it's just a flow-on effect from there, so that when we did have the ball we were a bit slow, a bit sluggish and didn't really have that zip that we needed."

Nevertheless, given their late season run of form to get to the finals in the first place, Hammond was proud of his group, even if their efforts didn't translate on the field.

"To be where we are now from where we were in the middle of the season or the comp is a massive effort for the boys," Hammond said.

"We can definitely take that into next year, to say, 'Look what we can do when we turn around.

"If we start well, we can really mix it with the big clubs."

  • Platypi 13 (Jarrod Hall try; Angus King conversion; King 2 penalty goals) Cowra 37