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Broadbank travels with confidence as Redruth take on Shelford

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

Simon Bryant

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Redruth forward Neil Broadbank expects his side to build on their recent recovery when they travel to Shelford this weekend.

The Cornish side suffered their second defeat of the National League Two South season during their last away match at Hartpury College.

However, the Reds recovered from that heavy loss with a

21-0 win over Dings Crusaders on home soil last weekend.

Their recovery will be challenged tomorrow with another crucial away clash, this time against third-placed Shelford.

Cornwall Under-20 captain Broadbank believes his side can travel with confidence. He said: “We will push on from here. We have got Shelford now and that will be a massive game for us. We want to go up there and cause an upset.”

Although front-row forward Darren Jacques won the match-of-the-match award against Dings, Broadbank earned plenty of praise for his own display in the second row.

He was replaced early in the second half, owing to his participation in Cornwall Under-20s’ 28-21 loss at Dorset & Wilts the following day.

Redruth director of rugby Arian Edwards was certainly impressed. He said: “He’s a young lad but all the senior players like playing with him and they all trust him.

“They all see him as a star of the future. He is a good lad as well – hard-working, knows when to speak and on the field he does what he is asked to do.”

Broadbank was pleased to play a part in his side’s most recent success but gave his team-mates credit for responding to the previous week’s potentially damaging reverse.

He said: “We’ve always wanted to nil a team this season and we are just so happy with that performance.

“I wouldn’t say there was a negative feeling after the previous week. We were a bit disappointed with ourselves because we had won seven out of eight and it became seven out of nine.

“But we bounced back against Dings with a big performance and the senior players stepped up well. Darren Jacques was a deserved man of the match but then Frazer Kellythorn is stepping 12 really well.

“The boys said a win like that is better than 50 points any day, to be honest.

“We looked at ourselves very closely after the Hartpury loss and we came through it and deserved to beat Dings.

“In the first half we were a bit sloppy and there were a few poor passes here and there but we tightened it up.”

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