Rugby: Redruth v Camborne match report
Redruth 17 Camborne 0
IT MAY well have been billed as a pre-season friendly, but when these old foes meet there is nothing half-hearted or taking it easy.
The game was a typical local derby with referee Mr D Curry's whistle frequently stopping play.
Both sides had players missing for one reason or another, however for Redruth new signing Rhodri McAtee was one of the numerous replacements named having just about recovered from his exploits with Gloucester at the JP Morgan sevens finals at Bath the previous evening.
For Camborne it was a useful run out in their pre-season build up as they look to hopefully avoid the lottery of the play-offs in their bid for promotion back to the National Leagues this season.
Camborne had an early opportunity for points. However the normally reliable Dave Mankee saw his effort fly to the right of the uprights.
The Redruth forwards were soon into their game and it was no surprise that their opening try should be scored by prop Darren Jacques who scored off a fine forward drive.
Redruth lost centre Joji Volaisaya early on with a twisted knee, allowing Ben Rule to make a first appearance back with the Reds following his cruciate ligament injury suffered while playing in Spain with Vigo last season.
Camborne enjoyed plenty of possession and build up play, however they consistently foundered against the well organised Redruth defence.
For the Cherry & Whites young Joel Matavesi at full-back showed some good touches, cheered on from the touchline by his father Sireli and elder brother Josh, while No 8 Dave Roberts was a catalyst for much of Camborne's attacks.
Tom Notman for the Reds looked dangerous as did Nick Simmons. Notman was instrumental in the build up to Redruth's second try scored during the second quarter. The full-back fly-hacked a loose ball downfield to the Camborne 22.
The ball was moved wide from the ruck with Notman on hand to put Simmons away to score in the Piggy lane corner for a 10-0 half-time lead.
During the second half both sides made numerous rotational changes, and the weather threw its worst at the immaculate looking Redruth pitch.
It looked like there would be no further scoring, but with the final play of the game lock Tom Simmons scored Redruth's third try under the posts following a scrum five with fly-half Ashley Hosking adding the conversion.
Redruth's head coach Ashley Morcom was satisfied with the performance in the context of his pre-season plans.
"Yes it was a learning curve for us. Always good to nil a side in whatever context you are playing them, but we need to build on this and perhaps stick to a little more structure during our next outing."
Meanwhile Redruth's backs coach McAtee feels he has settled in well in the Redruth camp.
He said. "It's going really well; everyone here has been very welcoming.
"In terms of coaching this is one of my first coaching roles, hopefully I am doing a good job and look to grow into the role as the season progresses.
"We've got some good backs here, despite missing a few faces today, I had a number of the boys playing out of position, myself included, I think they all steeped up to the mark.
"As for myself I am not sure exactly where I will slot into the side, I might even fancy a shot at playing seven! Wait and see."