Launceston captain Tom Rawlings wants team to finish on a high

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Launceston captain Tom Rawlings wants his side to finish the season on a high, despite not being involved in any end-of-term battles.

The All Blacks hammered bottom-placed Barking 74-10 on Saturday - their biggest win of the season.

"It was a superb performance," Rawlings told BBC Radio Cornwall. "Last week was good but we turned on the style today.

"We want to finish our season on a high. Three games, three tests and it's important we up our levels now."

He added: "We were annoyed at half-time as we leaked a try despite our dominance.

"On occasions you can get complacent but we didn't take the foot off the peddle and we got the scores to reflect that."

Richard Friend opened the scoring for the All Blacks but Barking's Scott Shaw went over to level things up shortly after.

Launceston then took control as Richard Bright, Jake Murphy and Ben Hilton all touched down before half-time, making it 29-10 to the home side at the break.

Liam Yeo, Kieron Lewitt and Josh Lord added further tries in the second-half.

Lewitt's second of the game, Lloyd Duke, Kyle Moyle and Martin Kneebone rounded off the scoring.

"We're not going to read too much into Barking," Rawlings added. "But we have some big tests before the end of the season so everyone is going to have to step up if they want a place in the squad next season.

"We fielded quite a young team and all of those lads came through which shows a lot of positivity for next season.

"You can get to this stage of the season with nothing to play for and just tick along but all the guys want to finish on a real high.

"We're looking to build a dangerous team that can push for the top end of the table next year and that starts now."

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