MATCH REPORT: Cornish All Blacks 31 Redruth 10
The Cornish All Blacks avenged last season’s losses to Redruth with a five-try National League Two South victory over their old rivals at Polson Bridge on Saturday.
Kieron Lewitt scored twice, with additional tries from Liam Yeo, Tim Mathias and Lewis Paterson, helping the Launceston side to a 31-10 success.
The Reds replied through Dean Bonds and captain Chris Fuca but rarely looked like achieving only their second ever win the home of the All Blacks.
The All Blacks made the perfect start, scoring a try in just the second minute through full-back Lewitt but Redruth responded quickly through wing Dean Bonds, just a few minutes later.
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The open start between the two sides yielded further opportunities at both ends. Lock Luke Collins came close to finishing a fine Redruth drive with a try before Mike Rawlings knocked on in the left corner for the All Blacks with the try line in front of him.
The remainder of the first half was an even affair with both sides struggling to break into the opposing 22. Redruth fly-half Brett Rule tried his luck with a long-distance penalty but dragged his kick just wide.
However, it was the Launceston side who went in at half time ahead thanks to prop Mathias, who rumbled over from the close range for a try converted by Lewitt.
They extended their lead within five minutes of the second half with Yeo bursting through the Redruth defence to score another Lewitt-converted try.
The bonus-point score for Launceston came just short of the hour mark. Fly-half Jake Murphy made a break and centre Paterson came in support to add the finish. Lewitt then converted to extend their lead to 21 points.
Fuca briefly gave his side hope with a well-worked score from a line-out but the All Blacks soon had try number five with Lewitt getting his second of the afternoon to complete the scoring.