AUDIO: Redruth's Ashley Morcom ready to take on old foe Jon Hill
After seeing off former joint Cornish All Blacks head coach Chris Brown in their last home fixture, Redruth must now do the same to his old sidekick Jon Hill tomorrow at the Recreation Ground.
The Reds beat Brown’s Taunton Titans in a thrilling National League Two South game before running league leaders Bournemouth close on their travels last weekend.
This time, Hill’s Exmouth come to Cornwall to face Ashley Morcom’s side and the Redruth head coach is only too aware of how determined the visitors will be.
Morcom, who regularly played for Redruth against Hill’s Launceston team, said: “We know that Jon has that passion for his rugby and he came to the Recreation Ground a few times with Launceston and he was very successful – hopefully that won’t be the case this weekend.
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“On the playing side of it, I’m not a bitter man or anything like that. I hold no grudges with anybody so it is nice to get him back here and hopefully we can turn them over.”
And while Morcom expected Exmouth to play an expansive game this season, recent performances – which include a home victory over Bournemouth – suggest they will pose a well-balanced threat.
“I’ve read they have got a half-decent set of forwards on them as well,” said Morcom. “And I spoke to the Bournemouth coach and he was quite adamant that they played with a good set of forwards, but they still like to play a little bit of rugby.
“They might well have a complete team that just needs a little bit of time in this league. I just hope that all comes together for them the week after next rather than this weekend.”
Redruth’s own form has shown promising signs in recent weeks. A five-point win against Taunton was backed up with two losing bonus points at Bournemouth.
Morcom said: “Taunton was a good result for us, although personally, I thought it went a little bit too close to the wire. Hopefully, we can put that right this weekend at home again.
“To go away from home and pick up two points was a big feather in our cap. We have to build on that. Bournemouth were a totally different side to what they were last year. Last year we just went up there and bullied them, we tried to do that this year and they had other strings to their bow.
“It was a little bit disappointing that we let them have the middle section of the game. They played a lot of rugby in the middle 20, we have to make sure we come out all guns blazing this weekend.”
Morcom will wait until today before finalising his team selection. He said: “It is back-row issues for us. Looking at it from last weekend, we had [hooker] Richard Brown in there but we have no Neal Turner this weekend, so Richard will have to hook.
“That’s our main issue, but we have the likes of Rhodri McAtee again this weekend and Greg Goodfellow is back to full fitness.”