Redruth come out on top in Boxing Day derby against Camborne
REDRUTH 17 CAMBORNE 5
Redruth retained the Rodda's Milk Cup with a hard fought 17-5 win over Camborne at the Recreation Ground on Boxing Day, reports Bill Hooper.
With a heavy shower just prior to the kick-off making an already sticky pitch very difficult to play any constructive rugby, it was not surprising that the game was largely a scrappy affair.
Camborne started the brighter with winger Rob Floyd very close to an opening try and then just moments later prop Will Webster judged to have been held up over the line.
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Redruth's Dean Bond had to be quick to get back to cover as Richie Kevern's kick ahead almost put the centre in try.
Camborne's fine start was rewarded when winger Luke Johnson scored in the Frame Suite corner after eight minutes. Fly-half Dave Mankee couldn't add the extras in the tricky conditions.
Redruth finally got a foothold on the game drawing level as lock Luke Collins was driven over by fellow second rower Damien Cook.
They then nudged ahead just before the break when centre Frazer Kellythorn finished off a quick tap penalty move after a period of Redruth pressure on the Camborne line.
Fly-half Ashley Hosking kicked the conversion to make it 12-5 to the Reds at half-time.
Despite the introduction of Owen Hambly and Tom Duncan at half-time it took until the final moments of the game for Redruth to add to their lead when replacement Neil Turner scored the Reds third try.
There was one major dust up during the second half which saw Redruth's Hambly obliged to spend ten minutes in the sin-bin.
A very muddy Redruth skipper Chris Fuca stepped up to receive the Rodda's Milk Cup at the final whistle to the applause of the Redruth crowd.
Redruth 17 pts
Tries – Collins, Kellythorn, Turner, Conversion – Hosking
Yellow Card – Hambly (70)
Camborne 5 pts
Try - Johnson
Penryn scored a late try through prop Matt Williams to seal a Boxing Day win at Falmouth by 22-17.