Redruth pushed to the limit by 14-man Taunton Titans at Rec
Redruth 24 Taunton 18
Redruth were pushed to the limit by 14-manTaunton Titans before taking a 24-18 bonus-point victory at the Recreation Ground.
Chris Fuca, Kieran Smith, Jake Rayment and Ashley Hosking got the touchdowns for the home side while Taunton were left to rue an early red card for Stuart Townsend and some inconsistent kicking from Gary Kingdom.
The Cornish side were under pressure in the opening moments, but survived without loss of points.
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Even after just five minutes, the frustration was clearly too much for Titans’ scrum-half , who was shown a red card for stamping.
Redruth captain Fuca made it pay soon after, scoring the game’s opening try in the left corner before fly-half Murray Westren struck a superb conversion.
The Reds maintained their grip on the game, mauling their way to a second try through Kieran Smith, again converted by Westren.
The Titans did regroup in the latter stages of the first half, however. And although Kingdom’s penalty from kickable range drifted wide, hooker Jon Gatford scored moments after his opposite number from Redruth, Neal Turner, was shown a yellow card.
The gap between the sides was reduced to six points by the break thanks to Kingdom’s penalty just before the sides left the pitch.
The Reds returned for the second half with renewed energy, scoring a try through back-row Rayment within two minutes of the restart. Westren hit the left post with his conversion attempt.
The Titans missed a penalty chance to reduce the arrears, with Kingdom again off target but things did get tense for Redruth on the hour mark as Marshall Cormack rumbled over for the visitors, again the otherwise excellent Kingdom failed to convert, leaving the sides six points apart.
A yellow card for Damien Cook put the Reds under further pressure and play continued deep within the home side’s 22 until Titans’ No.8 Dan Lee touched down. Only Kingdom’s continued struggles with the boot kept them behind, by just a point.
It was Redruth who had the final say, coming strong at the end to win the fourth-try bonus point through Hosking. Taunton, meanwhile, left Cornwall with a well-deserved losing bonus point of their own.