REDRUTH 39 – 3 LONDON IRISH WILD GEESE
By Bill Hooper, at the Recreation Ground. Photo, Dan Barbary.
A stirring second half performance from Redruth saw them home to a comfortable bonus point win.
Director of Rugby Nigel Hambly was pleased with the win but felt his side could have played better. “It was good to get the win but we could have played better”, was his blunt assessment. “We didn’t bring a lot to the table in the first half regarding ambition or pace. In the first half we were a bit flat.
“In the second half we scored three quality tries from defensive positions allied to great work from the boys, that work-rate pleased me.”
Wild Geese took an early lead with a penalty from fly-half Liam Prescott, but that proved to be as good as it was for the visitors.
Redruth stormed back with an excellent try from scrum-half Rob Coote beating several defenders to dot down near the posts.
Full-back Aaron Simmonds having missed the conversion, made up for it with a penalty soon after. The score stayed 8-3 until half-time as the game turned into a stop start affair, much to the annoyance of the crowd.
From the start of the second half Redruth took the game by the scruff –of- the- neck, fly-half Richie Kevern charged down a Prescott kick and hacked his way to the try-line, then, moments later wing Matt Bowden snaffled a stray pass to hare in the under the posts. Both scores were bettered by Simmonds to give the Reds the breathing space needed
Simmonds then scored the fourth try himself following good work down the touch-line by No.8 Sam Stevens out of defence and then replacement wing Dean Bonds with the scoring pass.
The icing was put on the cake late on with further tries from centre Connor Gilbert, following good work from man-of-the-match Coote and then replacement Matt Gidlow as the forwards and Pale Nonu drove him over the line, Kevern adding the final conversion.
The final whistle brought huge cheers from the Redruth faithful, delighted with their team’s second half performance.
Redruth: A Simmonds, T Notman, C Gilbert, N Webber, M Bowden, R Kevern, R Coote; L Kivalu, R Brown (Capt), C Williams, T Prisk, J Heazelton, E Pascoe, M Grubb, S Stevens.
Replacements: J Tompsett, J Hodge, M Gidlow, D Bonds, P Nonu.
Redruth: Tries, Coote, Kevern , Bowden, Simmonds, Gilbert, Gidlow , Cons, Simmonds 2, Kevern , Pen, Simmonds. Wild Geese: Pen, Prescott.