REDRUTH 58 – 10 OLD REDCLIFFIANS
The Reds start the new season with a bang - report by Bill Hooper
Redruth scored nine tries as they dished out a salutary lesson on life at National League 20 South to new boys Old Reds.
It was during the second half that the pace and power of the Cornish Reds showed the new boys from Bristol what they will have to encounter this season.
On his return to the Recreation Ground Ashley Hosking kicked an early penalty for Redruth.
That was cancelled out when Old Reds’ fly-half Ashley Groves levelled the scores.
On a dry track Redruth’s back three of Rob Coote, Jack Kessell and Jack Simmons were having a field day running at the opposition.
All three players were involved in Redruth’s opening try scored by Simmons in Hell fire corner.
Seasoned centre Nielson Webber scored Redruth’s second try taking a short pass from No.8 Kyle Marriott off a scrum to power over at close-range. Hosking added the extras as he did to Redruth third try scored again by Simmons before half-time, Sam Parsons with the vital pass to leave Redruth 22-3 up.
Early second half pressure saw new skipper Richard Brown driven over in the scoreboard corner for the bonus point try.
Recent signing flanker Sam Matavesi began to show his paces, a fine break from the former Camborne man saw him make ground into the visitor’s twenty-two before a neat pass to Jack Oulton put the scrum-half in for the score bettered by replacement Joe Elderkin.
Matavesi and No. 8 Kyle Marriott were involved in the build up to the next try scored by prop Craig Williams.
Coote showed a fine turn of speed in the build up to the next try linking with Kessell who in turn found the ever-willing Chris Fuca to take the scoring pass.
County winger Tom Notman came off the bench in the closing stages to help himself to a brace of tries with Elderkin adding a further conversion.
Old Redcliffians salvaged some pride with a try from No.8 Dan Fry in Hell fire corner converted by Groves.
Redruth head coach Pale Nonu was delighted with his side’s start. “A pleasing start, I was happy for the new signings coming in, the mix with the established players is already there. The scrum went well and when we moved the ball wide we showed we had good pace out wide. We will look to build on this performance next week at Barnstaple.”
Redruth: R Coote, J Kessell, N Webber, S Parsons (T Notman 56), J Simmons, A Hosking (J Elderkin 46), J Oulton; T Kivalu (E Pattison 41), R Brown (capt) (B Priddey 60), C Williams (T Kivalu 56), L Hattam, E Pascoe, C Fuca (B Howe 60), S Matavesi, K Marriott.
Redruth scores: Tries, Simmons (2), Webber, Brown, Oulton, Williams, Fuca, Notman (2), Cons, Hosking (2), Elderkin (3), Pen, Hosking.
Old Redcliffians: D Jones, H Bird, O Conybeare, C Gervais, K Wilshire, A Groves, J Mortimer; A Harvey, S Parsons (C McGrath 54), E Joseph (J Woodman 54), D Hodge (capt), C Talbot (C Pursall 56), J Foss (H Ivall 56), S Hewick, D Fry.
Replacement (not used): B Fry
Old Redcliffinan’s scores: Try D Fry, Con, Groves, Pen Groves
Referee: Adam Wookey (RFU)
Redruth Penventon Park Hotel man-of-the-match: Jack Simmons. A brilliant senior debut for the former Redruth colt on his return to the club, showed pace and strength throughout capped with two fines first half scores.