Twickenham hero Ben Rath reflected on a remarkable few days in his rugby career after he helped Lancashire to the county title.
He scored the fourth Lancashire try two minutes from time which killed off Cornwall’s challenge in the Couhty Championship decider in front of 20,000 fans at the home of the English game.
Winger Rath, Fylde’s young player of the season, reflecting on the 35-26 win in a thriller at Twickenham, said:“In the space of eight days I’ve been played for England Counties Under 20s, and now at Twickenham, scoring a try at the end, it is amazing,”
Rath and the rest of the squad, coached by Fylde’s Mark Nelson, celebrated with the Bill Beaumont Cup and received their winners’ medal from the man himself.
Emotional skipper Louis McGowan said: “When I knew we were to play Cornwall, I knew it was going to be a tough game.
“What helped us was losing to Cheshire the previous week, and I knew that Sunday would be tough.
“But I’m really proud of the lads
“It was awesome to lift the trophy - after so many injuries this year, I was contemplating retiring at Christmas.
“The lads had me in tears afterwards,” the second row forward added.
Nelson said: “I thought it was a really closely fought game, a real contrast of styles, and I’m glad that we came out and played a good brand of rugby.
“Cornwall are a really tough team to break down – it was very confrontational up front, and I’m just glad that we managed to hold our nerve.
“They came back and had a purple patch, which they were always going to do. Full credit to them, but we just managed to keep them at arms’ length.
We got the drop goal, and then just created some space for Ben Rath to do what he does best.”