Redruth suffer five-try drubbing as bad start to season continues
TWO games, two defeats. This wasn't in the script for Redruth's new head coach Ashley Morcom and his players.
And to suffer a five-try drubbing at their arch-rivals on Saturday has only added to the Reds' problems ahead of this Saturday's visit of Southend (3pm) to the Recreation Ground.
Morcom felt his side's inability to execute their game plan proved costly.
He said: "I'm very disappointed with the outcome of the game. We did have a good game plan but we didn't execute it to our full potential. Key players went missing for us at key times in the game.
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"We are moving forward as a club, we have taken a bit of a blow with the player situation this year but we are working hard to get something special in place for the future.
"It was the same for us as last week when we lost at home against Cambridge, you just can't give sides head starts.
"We gave Launceston two tries at the start of the second half and had to start chasing the game. Once you start doing that, the errors start to happen."
Reds' captain Chris Fuca scored one of his side's two tries, but it was never likely to be enough for victory over their great rivals.
Redruth and the Launceston side shared a try apiece in the opening 20 minutes before the All Blacks gradually pulled clear for the rest of the game, establishing a 21-point lead by full time.
Fuca said: "Fair play to Launceston. They thoroughly deserved their victory and played some really nice rugby. We could only do it in spells and Launceston had an edge on us out wide.
"Everything they tried came off and we tried to force the play, but it didn't really pay off for us. They made a good start and we were chasing the game for the whole game, really. We never got that platform to kick on."
The Reds earned their first-ever league win at Polson Bridge last season, but Fuca admitted a repeat performance rarely looked likely.
He said: "We just let them come at us a little, that was our big problem. We came up here last year crowing about how good we were when we beat them, but this year they thoroughly deserve their win and I have got no problems with that.
"They played a great game of rugby and we didn't step up.
"We made too many errors in the red zone. We would mess up a line-out, knock on or give away a cheap penalty and we have to have a long hard look at ourselves. You can't blame the game plan, it was down to individual mistakes.
"We need to rebuild quickly and we need to kick on for the season."
Full-back Kieron Lewitt scored two of the touchdowns and added another six points with three conversions. The All Blacks' other try-scorers were Liam Yeo, Lewis Paterson and Tim Mathias.
Redruth were forced to settle for two unconverted tries by Dean Bonds and Chris Fuca.
The result was far from certain following a tight first half. The hosts made an excellent start, with Lewitt taking little over a minute to score the first of his two tries with a run into the right corner.
But just as the All Blacks looked to have consolidated their position, Redruth struck back through Dean Bonds.
The game was more open than the previous encounter between the sides at Polson, which finished 10-9 in favour of the Reds in heavy conditions.
Both sides had chances but failed to take them with lock Luke Collins going close for Redruth before home captain Mike Rawlings knocked on within five metres of the try line. Brett Rule also saw a long-range penalty drift wide.
Two tries either side of the half-time break for the All Blacks, through Mathias and Yeo, gave the hosts the lead and the beginnings of a points cushion that Redruth rarely looked like overhauling.
Indeed, the game was close to being over as a contest when Paterson scored the bonus-point-winning fourth try as the hour mark approached.
Reds skipper Fuca gave his side brief hope of another fightback – similar to the one they produced against Cambridge the previous week – but a fifth All Blacks try from Lewitt completed a well-deserved win.
The Reds will again be without scrum-half Greg Goodfellow against Southend on Saturday, after he was banned for four weeks following his sending off for abusing the referee in their opening day defeat against Cambridge.
He admitted the offence and was also ordered to pay £80 costs.