Duncan's hat trick of tries helps Redruth on way to emphatic win
Redruth 46 Barking 17
Three tries from No.8 Tom Duncan at the Recreation Ground on Saturday helped Redruth banish the memory of last Saturday's defeat at Chinnor, writes Bill Hooper.
Redruth got off to an excellent start with an early try scored by Duncan, following a good break from Tom Notman.
The Reds rode their luck as the visitors had a try chalked off for a forward pass. A good period of pressure in the Barking twenty-two was rewarded when hooker Neal Turner was driven over from a catch-and-drive. Ashley Hosking added the conversion.
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On the half-hour Redruth added a third try, from a scrum Greg Goodfellow broke down the blind side to set up Duncan for his second try.
Barking then made the most of an error in the Redruth defence which allowed Jay Udo-Udoma to score under the posts. Skipper Craig Ratford added the conversion as he did a penalty shortly after to leave the half-time score 17-10 to Redruth.
The East London side then shocked the Reds scoring a second try 30 seconds into the second half through Charlie Baffour-Awuah, Ratford's conversion tying up the scores.
Redruth immediately struck back, skipper Chris Fuca claimed the re-start and feed Notman who scored in Hell Fire corner to secure the try-scoring bonus point.
Prop Darren Jacques powered over for Redruth's fifth and sixth tries both coming from catch-and-drives, Paul Thirlby converting the first of Jacques' brace taking Redruth to 34-17.
Tempers became frayed on a couple of occasions towards the end with referee Nick Williams content to just let the players settle down.
However, Williams had no hesitation shortly after in awarding Redruth a penalty-try as Barking wheeled the scrum as Redruth drove for the line, Thirlby's conversion making it 41-17.
Duncan then completed the points scoring with his third try of the game and his 18th of the season to seal a fine second half performance from Redruth.
Redruth: Westren (D Bonds 60), Notman, C Bonds, Simmons, Kellythorn, Hosking (B Drew 48), Goodfellow (P Thirlby 40); Jacques, Turner (Brown 60), Williams (J Drew 61), Cook, Rayment, Fuca (capt), Broadbank, Duncan.
Scorers. Tries – Duncan (3), Turner, Notman, Jacques (2), Penalty-try, Conversions – Hosking, Thirlby, Penalty – Thirlby.
Barking: Foster (Holman 74), Baffour-Awuah, Lowe (Myers 61), Udo-Udoma, Solanke-Caulker, Ratford (capt), Cook; Reece, McFarlane (R Anderson 70) John (Hughes 40), Gleave, Fox, Kearsey, Nagle-Taylor (M Anderson 70), Peasnall.
Scorers. Tries – Udo-Udoma, Baffour-Awuah, Conversions – Ratford (2), Penalty - Ratford.
Referee: Nick Williams (RFU).