An eight try win over London side Barnes was just the tonic
required by Redruth to help erase memories of last Saturday’s National League 2
South defeat in the capital to Richmond, reports Bill Hooper at the Recreation
Aaron Penberthy marked his starting return following
injury at fly-half with an impressive eight conversions in a faultless kicking
display coupled with excellent marshalling of the game from the pivotal
position. His partnership with man-of-the-match scrum-half Greg Goodfellow left
the Redruth crowd purring with admiration with the promise of more to come from
this exciting combination as the season unfurls.
It was Penberthy’s long kick up-field that set up the
Reds’ opening try after just 2 minutes, the ball bouncing into the arms of full
back Brett Rule who almost made the line only to be brought down short,
thankfully centre Jamie Semmens was on hand to finish the move.
Barnes had a golden opportunity to score a try moments
after but the chance went begging as winger David Butler dropped the ball with
the line at his mercy. The visitors did get on the scoreboard from a penalty
shortly after from full back James Clark.
Redruth responded in the best fashion with a second try following
forward pressure with Chris Fuca getting the score.
Barnes had a good spell as Redruth were again guilty of
some poor tackling, however Redruth had a third try on the board after 21
minutes as a quickly taken tap penalty by Owen Hambly saw the ball moved wide
with Fuca’s level pass setting up winger Lewis Vinnicombe.
Penberthy’s ribs were sorely tested as he got under
Barnes’ Kiwi No.8 Sam Harding to prevent a certain try. Sadly his effort was in
vain as from the scrum Harding moved the ball wide with winger Luke Sayer
squeezing in at the scoreboard corner, Clark’s conversion from wide out bringing
his side back to 21-10.
The final ten minutes of the half was all Redruth as they
ran in a further two tries. First it was Goodfellow showing some deft footwork
who sprinted in for the bonus point try. Then just before half-time Tom Notman
scored Redruth’s fifth try as the ball was moved along the line with the winger
crossing in the Piggy lane corner for a 35-10 score at the break.
Barnes made a couple of changes at half-time and began
the second half more purposefully culminating in the first of two second half
tries for Butler.
Redruth responded almost immediately with Goodfellow
again showing a good step to score his second try at the posts.
Craig Bonds on for Sam Parsons in the centre followed up
with try number seven latching on to kick from Notman on 63 minutes.
Barnes hadn’t given up and they scored a third try through
Butler from a quick tap penalty near the posts to give them hope of possibly
salvaging a try bonus point of their own.
It was as near as they would get, instead Redruth piled
on the misery with try number eight scored three minutes from time as No.8 Tom
Duncan was driven over for his seventh try of the season. Penberthy completed
the scoring with his final well-struck conversion.
Redruth 56 pts
Tries – Semmens, Fuca, Vinnicombe, Goodfellow (2),
Notman, Bonds, Duncan, Conversions – Penberthy (8)
Barnes 22 pts
Tries – Sayer, Butler (2), Conversions – Clark, Williams-Davies,
Penalty – Clark
Referee: Robert Warburton (RFU)