Launceston show real character despite heavy defeat to the city boys
A depleted All Black team put in a huge shift against a well drilled Truro and Alex Maciver-Redwood and Tom Lowe show their class with outstanding performances
The Launceston u14 away fixture to Truro is always a hard fought affair, Truro are one of the best teams in the county, with plenty of strength in depth. This one was going to be more of a struggle than ever for Lanson, seriously depleted in numbers, shorn of their usual half-back pairing and with head coach "Eddie the eagle" Crighton dispensing tactics from his secret alpine hideout, some serious positional shifting was required.
Whilst the forwards were trying to work out why they need a scrum-half anyway, Alex Maciver-Redwood stepped in at 9, showed his versatility and athletic ability and had a great game.
The early exchanges were full on and fairly even, till Truro numbered up out wide and scored the first try, swiftly followed by 2 more as they began to take control.
Launceston then had a good spell of pressure of their own, with Freddie Ward and Ben Webb going close, Truro were flooding the tackle area and gave away a series of ruck penalties, allowing Launceston to make some good ground, with centre pairing Jack Goodman and Finn Hilsdon making solid carries, Launceston pushed on with a series of pick and goes, resulting in Dylan Doherty busting over for his first try for the team. Tom Lowe hit the post with conversion attempt, half time, 17-5.
The 2nd half kicked off and Truro freshened their legs by bringing on 6 substitutes and Launceston freshened theirs by wiping some of the mud off. Because of the pressure at the breakdown, Truro infringed a number of times, the ref lost his patience, gave Lanson a penalty, which Tom Lowe calmly slotted, Tom was outstanding today, he saved his team from conceding numerous times and provided cover across the back line in defence and attack, he was everywhere. Truro had recognised the threat they had out wide and targeted the wing relentlessly, debutant Finley Moses had a real baptism of fire out there, but to his credit, never backed down and threw himself into the tackles. Truro settled into their rhythm, held their shape and attacked wide time and time again, to score another 7 tries, with 2 converted.
Special mention must go to the whole team for sticking at it this week and showing they can lose with as much character as they win, which lead to coach Adrian"lone wolf"Martin awarding man of the match to the whole team, Also Alex (captain's man of the match) who was great across the board, even charging down a conversion, Billy Martin, hooking against the head and standing strong in defence against powerful carriers, Jake Glover and Kane Clements, great shape in the scrum although they were under the pump at times and Adam Howgill for mucking in, even though he was carrying a knock.
Congratulations Truro, well played and well done boys, keep it up. Full Time 54-8
by Rich 'the computer wizard' Stiles