Redruth 54 Camborne 7
Christmas cheer for Redruth fans as the Reds run in 8 tries whilst overwhelming a hardworking Camborne team - Report by Bill Hooper
Redruth comfortably retained the Rodda’s Milk Cup in front of a large crowd on a sunny Boxing Day afternoon.
It’s been a difficult ten days for the Camborne club and any chances of Redruth offering some seasonal goodwill to their near neighbours were soon dispelled.
It was a performance from his squad that pleased Redruth’s head coach Marek Churcher. “These games are ideal between Christmas and the New Year program to test out the squad and you saw that today. We scored eight tries against a side that has been going well in their league. We are looking to build prior to that first league game in January against Chinnor.”
From the kick-off Redruth played at a far higher tempt than Camborne could cope with and it was no surprise that they went ahead through a try from flanker Mark Grubb who took centre Pale Nonu’s inside pass to score under the posts.
Former Mount’s Bay player Everard Reid, who has been playing with Launceston until recently, guested for the Reds at No.8.
Full-back Brett Rule added the conversion, the first of his six successful kicks in a personal haul of seventeen points.
Nonu was again prominent in the build up to Redruth’s second try scored by Rule moments later.
Both Redruth locks Brad Howe and Luke Hattam had influential games, with Howe being awarded the prestigious Tony Pill Cup as Trelawny’s Army man-of-the-match for a huge eighty minute performance.
The mercurial wing Alex Ducker set up the third try against one of his former clubs with a dazzling run before hooker Ben Priddey slipped a scoring pass to skipper Chris Fuca.
There was a brief fracas between some players which all ended amicably. Camborne fly-half Rhys Brownfield was just short of the line with Town’s best chance of the half.
Redruth spurned numerous chances before scoring a fourth try before the break through centre Joel Matavesi and a 26-0 half-time score-line.
Both sides made changes at half-time but it was business as usual for the Reds as Ducker ran down a kick through for try number five.
Dean Bonds, on as a replacement, scored a remarkable try, which involved some mid-air acrobatics.
Fuca and Matavesi then completed their brace of tries with Redruth centre adding the conversion to his own score from wide out.
The Camborne faithful had already begun to depart but those that remained where rewarded as Camborne got on to the score sheet thanks to a try from replacement wing Matt Blee with Brownfield adding the extras.
Chris Fuca accepted the Rodda’s Milk Cup from the sponsors and the cheers of the Redruth faithful, whilst Brad Howe stepped up once again to receive the Tony Pill Cup as man-of-the-match.
Redruth: B Rule, M Bowden, J Matavesi, P Nonu, A Ducker, A Taylor, J Oulton; T Phillips, B Priddey, J Tompsett, B Howe, L Hattam, C Fuca (capt), M Grubb, E Reid.
Replacements (all used): A Wright, R Brown, T Prisk, B Fox, D Matthews, D Bonds, L Vinnicombe
Redruth scores: Tries, Grubb, Rule, Fuca (2), Matavesi (2), Ducker, Bonds, Conversions, Rule (6), Matavesi
Camborne: M Westren, B Drew, J Simmons, J Semmens, R McAtee, R Brownfield, R Kevern (capt); A Zacharovas, S Bartle, J Drew, D Cook, M Hearn, J Goldsworthy, C Sayer, M Woolcock
Replacements (all used): N Wellstead, S Macdonald, M Blee
Camborne scores: Try, Blee, Conversion, Brownfield
Referee: Zerran Bell (Devon RRS)
Tony Pill Cup man-of-the-match: Brad Howe (Redruth)