Redruth still have plenty of room for improvement, says Adrian Edwards
Redruth may be closing in on National League Two South top two, but director of rugby Adrian Edwards and coach Ashley Morcom say their men still have more to give.
The Reds earned their first-ever league win at Polson Bridge against the Cornish All Blacks last weekend and they will go top of the table if they win their games in hand.
Worthing have a nine-point lead at the top but they have played two games more than Edwards' men. Second-placed Henley Hawks are only a point ahead of the Reds, but the Cornishmen are a game behind them.
However, Redruth's historic derby victory in Launceston last weekend will mean nothing if their eight-game winning run comes to a halt at Chinnor this weekend.
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Morcom believes another positive result will set them up nicely for three home games in a row thereafter, against Barking, Lydney and Hartpury College.
He said: "Me being a competitive being that I am, I want us to win all of our games. This is one of those games that could go either way. We will just go at it the same way we always do."
For Edwards, the game against Chinnor represents the final game in a batch of three. And having beaten Worthing and the All Blacks, Edwards wants his men to win the 'series' in Oxfordshire tomorrow.
He said: "We've had like a little mini Test series going with the game against Worthing, Launceston and now at Chinnor.
"Once we get through these games we've four out of five games at home so we'll take little bits at a time and work at them and we'll have a look at where we are at."
The All Blacks match was only their third league game since the middle of December, and Edwards expects his side to continue improving as their match fitness fully returns.
He said: "We're not on full fire yet, we're not hitting 100 per cent. But if we can beat Worthing and Launceston when we're not at our best, I see it as a positive – we have still got more to come yet. There are a lot of tough games to come so we will need that form."
The price of victory last weekend could come in the form of key players missing for this weekend. Morcom said: "Darren Jacques has played almost every minute of every game and will have a rest this weekend.
"Richard Brown is recovering from an ankle injury and will be given a break along with Luke Collins. Over the next few weeks we will look to rest some people."