Rugby: Redruth v Plymouth Albion match report
REDRUTH prop Darren Jacques felt the Reds could take still take some positives from Sunday's 89-3 home hammering by Plymouth Albion.
With Albion's pre-season fixture against Premiership side Worcester Warriors due to have been played on Friday evening called off, head coach James Shanahan decided to bring down to Cornwall virtually his full Championship squad for a run out.
The difference in class was plain for all to see, as Albion's professional players ran in a total of 13 tries, all scored by their exciting backline, with what appeared at times consummate ease against a willing but ultimately outclassed Redruth side who spent most of the afternoon chasing shadows.
But Jacques said: "I think we can take more from this game than our big win over St. Austell last week.
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"A couple of seasons ago we had a couple of big defeats against the Cornish Pirates and a useful Bath United side and we then went on a 12 game winning run in our league campaign.
"We needed a good test and considering the players we had unavailable I felt we did ok.
"When we saw what the weather was like today we knew Albion would play a wide game, fair play to them they exploited us in the wide channels.
"In the scrums we were up against a side that are pretty savvy with the new regulations. We are not quite there yet, but it was a good test for our forwards against a Championship outfit.
And Redruth philosophical head coach Ashley Morcom had no complaints about the final outcome.
He said: "I think that's one of the sharpest Albion sides I have seen for a long time. From our point view we will pick what we can from the performance and make sure we come back this week at Barnstaple with all guns blazing.
"We had centre Tom Hendrickson with us for this game from the Pirates.
"Talk is he could be with us at some point during the season. He had his hands full today with Pale Nonu running at him, still he did well.
"Some of the youngsters came in today, we have got to look to bring these boys on for the club. We also had a new prop whose joined the club Jess Tomsett from Brighton Blues and he looks like a useful addition for us.
"Hopefully at Barnstaple on Saturday we will be as strong as we can in readiness for our opening league game against Cambridge the following week.
"We've been building over the last ten weeks and hopefully with a good result next Saturday in North Devon we will be well prepared."
Albion powered into a 49-3 half time lead with a Ashley Hosking penalty the only score for the Reds.
Redruth brought on hooker Richard Brown for his first appearance this season, along with Rhodri McAtee for the start of the second half.
However, Albion continued to rack up the tries.
Amongst the forwards, former Redruth player Herbie Stupple caught the eye along with ex-Camborne player Sam Matavesi.
Both sides looked to their benches with fresh players coming on but the free-flowing scoring continued for Albion with the impressive new signing wing Jamie Davies completing his hat-trick of tries.
Redruth: A Hosking, C P Williams (R McAtee ht), C Bonds, T Hendrickson (C P Williams 63), J Kessell, M Westren, G Goodfellow, D Jacques (K Beasley 63), N Turner (R Brown ht), C Williams (J Drew 55, J Tomsett 75), D Cook (H Baker 55), J Rayment (L Collins 25, D Cook 69), C Fuca (capt) (J Rayment 63), O Hambly (A Lawton 48), T Simmons.
Scorers: Penalty: Hosking.
Plymouth Albion: C Elder, T Bowen (L Warner 51), T Howley-Berridge (H Stevens 51), P Nonu (L Messer 51), J Davies, D Mugford, P Rowley (R Coote ht), D Morton (B Rogers ht), G Evans (D McGregor 51), M Shields (D Morton 68), I Ascroft-Leigh (R Langley 51), B Beukeboom, H Stupple, S Matavesi (E Grace 51), R Oakley (capt). Replacement not used: T Harrison.
Scorers: Tries: Mugford (2), Bowen (2), Elder (2), Davies (3), Coote (2), Warner (2); Conversions: Mugford (8), Elder (4).
Referee: Shane Lewis (RFU).
Camborne continued their preparations for the start of the new season on September 7, when Wadebridge Camels are the visitors to the Recreation Ground in South West One West, with a 43-0 home victory over Truro last week.