Adrian Edwards seeks consistent Redruth form as well as rub of green
Redruth director of rugby Adrian Edwards has challenged his players to build some consistent form over their upcoming back-to-back home games.
The Reds have been successful in all but one of their National League Two South matches at the Recreation Ground, but they have yet to win away this term.
Edwards’ men play the first of two home games in successive weeks against Shelford on Saturday before hosting bottom-of-the-table London Irish Wild Geese next weekend.
Redruth have taken three away bonus points from their last two away games against Bournemouth and Clifton and Edwards hopes they can enhance their fortunes with some good performances at home.
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“We have been getting so close to that first away win,” he said. “But we can’t just rest on our laurels now because we’re at home. We have got to play very, very well to beat Shelford.
“We are scoring tries but, I have to say, the rub of the green is just not going our way – the odd bounce of the ball or the odd decision – those things happen.
“The performances are there and we’re also getting people back now, certainly in the back line. There is competition for places now and that will be really good for the team.
“If somebody is not quite performing, there will be somebody else there to push. Even in the forwards, we’re hoping to get some people back.
“Without a second team, we need a decent squad where everyone is pushing to earn their place.
“It is not easy to get consistency of selection at the moment, some people are not available or get injured.
“[Fly-half] Murray Westren was not available last week but he is back, same with [wings] Lewis Vinnicombe and Rhodri McAtee.
“You want to get continuity but if you go away and lose, do you give those guys a chance again to redeem themselves and win or do you put different players in? It is difficult.”
Shelford have won just three games all season but Edwards expects a tough encounter on Saturday.
He said: “They’ve had some good and indifferent results this season. We expected them to want to come down and have a go at us.
“Our home form has been good and it is not an easy place to come and win. We haven’t hit top form yet and, when we do, we are going to be a real handful.
“They are not a team to be taken lightly despite some of their indifferent results.”
Edwards also said the players will not be distracted by an emergency general meeting called by the club to discuss “off-field affairs” on November 14.
He said: “ We have to just concentrate on going out and playing, training and doing the best we can for Redruth rugby club.”