Flo eager to keep run going

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Florent Rossigneaux has challenged his Rosslyn Park side to back up their opening day triumph when their head to Blackheath for a tough National League One date this weekend.

Park got their league show on the road with an encouraging 26-18 win over the Cornish All Blacks at Priory Lane on Saturday, making their bow at the level in style.

And Rossigneaux has called on his charges to keep the winning vibe alive.

He said: “Blackheath will be a massive challenge for us.

“We have to go there and be ready to perform at the highest level.

“If we can get something out of the game it will be a big plus.

“Blackheath showed last week when they won at London Scottish that they will be big-hitters this season and we are aware of that.

“Beating the Cornish was a good start for us, but Blackheath will be a much better marker of what we can hope to achieve this season.”

Joe Launchbury and Howard Quigley grabbed the Park tries in the weekend triumph, and the French coach insisted it was no more than his side deserved.Rossigneaux added: “We wanted to see how competitive we could be at this level and the team responded very, very well.

“It is a different ball-game in this league, but I think the way that we started the game shows we will have no problems.

“The forwards were good and very dogged and that was the biggest key to our victory.”

Rossigneaux also had kind words for second-row Launchbury, the Wasps academy star who is on loan with Rosslyn.

He added: “Joe has made a big impact.

“He has come in, like a number of others, over the summer but has settled in quickly.

“We need physicality at this level and he provides it.”

Rosslyn Park’s next three matches: Sep 11 Blackheath (a), 18 London Scottish (h), 25 Barking (h)

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