Redruth head coach Ashley Morcom was pleased with his side’s fightback against Cambridge on the opening day of the National League Two South season.
The Reds came within one missed conversion of taking two losing points, despite losing 35-27 at the Recreation Ground.
Cambridge, relegated from National League One last season, were impressive throughout and fully deserved their victory in Cornwall.
Redruth’s solitary league point came from scoring four tries. Lock Luke Collins scored twice with the Bonds brothers, Dean and Craig getting the other two.
It was a deceptively tough day for conversions, but while Reds’ ten Brett Rule could only manage two from four, visiting full-back James Wigglesworth managed five from five to go with an outstanding try and a fine performance.
Ex-Penryn prop Jamal Ford-Robinson, wing James Aryton and centre Albert Portsmouth (two) ran in the rest for the visitors.
It looked as though Redruth would come away from the first weekend of the season with nothing until close to the hour mark.
However, 17 unanswered points from the hosts in the final 25 minutes gave them a fitting reward for their customary never-say-die approach.
Morcom said: “We gave Cambridge a very good head start and when we’re chasing 28 points, it is hard to get back in the game.
“It is nice to see the boys didn’t give up and when we started to play some rugby at the end, it looked very positive.
“If we could play like that for 60 minutes of an 80-minute game, we are going to start blowing teams away.
“You can’t give a side like Cambridge chance to put that many points on you at the start. It makes it very difficult.”
Morcom knows his men will have to find something more in this weekend’s trip to Polson Bridge.
The Reds took their first-ever league win from Launceston last season, beating the Cornish All Blacks on their own turf.
Repeating that feat will be difficult. Morcom said: “It is a very big one to go into after you’ve just lost.
“It is our biggest game for the first half of the season, a local derby, and we want to beat them again up there.
“Hopefully, we can have a good week in training, go there and perform well. If we do that, I firmly believe that we can turn them over.”