Westrens remain positive after Cornish derby encounter
Cornish All Blacks centre Ryan Westren believes his club’s derby victory over Redruth last weekend will kick-start their National League Two South season.
The All Blacks beat their Cornish rivals 31-10 at Polson Bridge to make up for losing their unbeaten home record against the Reds in league combat last season.
It was also the first win of the season for the All Blacks, after losing their opening game at Shelford the previous week.
“Losing to Redruth at home really hurt the boys last season and that was the focus leading into the game,” said Westren. “The boys would rather lose every other game of the year than that one.
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“It marks a big turnaround for us now. We should have won the previous week but the boys have stepped up to the mark now and showed what we are about.”
Ryan’s brother, Murray, played for Redruth. Although it was his side’s second consecutive loss, the west Cornwall side remain confident for the weeks ahead.
“We don’t want to dwell on it,” he said. “When we won our opening games last year, it became a habit. There were games we could have lost but we won because we got used to winning.
“It can work the same way when you lose, so we don’t want to dwell on it too much. As soon as we get that first win in the league, we will get some more.”