Redruth 36 Canterbury 19
A FIRST HALF try hat-trick from winger Lewis Vinnicombe helped secure Redruth's fifth win on the trot, writes Bill Hooper.
With barely 60 seconds on the clock Vinnicombe flew in at Hellfire corner for the opening try and then barely four minutes later the winger was in again in the same corner having brilliantly handed-off the covering Canterbury player.
Despite the early double blow the visitors got back into the game with a try and conversion from fly-half Tom Best.
Redruth elected to scrum a penalty near the Canterbury line the long pass from scrum-half Greg Goodfellow found Vinnicombe who again crossed in Hellfire corner for his third try.
The try-scoring bonus point was secured just after the half-hour mark as Redruth broke away down field with Craig Bonds slipping the scoring pass to skipper Chris Fuca.
With half-time fast approaching Redruth scored a fifth try through Goodfellow who set off from a ruck just on halfway dummying his way through the Canterbury cover to score a fine individual try near the posts. That try capped a fine performance from the scrum-half that saw him deservedly take the man of the match award.
Paul Thirlby converted the final two scores of the half to give the Reds a deserved 29-7 advantage at half-time.
The second half proved a scrappier affair than the first for the Reds. No.8 Tom Duncan once again got on the score-sheet as he drove over for Redruth's sixth try after 53 minutes. Thirlby added his third conversion.
Redruth then made changes from the bench, which allowed Canterbury to score a couple of tries during the final quarter from both their centres David Devlin-Jones and Alex Veale the later score was converted by Best.
Canterbury looked to salvage a try-scoring bonus point of their own near the end but stout Redruth defence kept them out despite losing lock Damien Cook to the sin-bin with five minutes to go.
Redruth Tries – Vinnicombe (3), Goodfellow, Fuca, Duncan, Conversions – Thirlby (3)
Yellow Card – Cook (75)
Canterbury Tries – Best, Devlin-Jones, Veale, Conversions - Best (2)
Redruth: T Notman, L Vinnicombe (M Westren 50), C Bonds, S Parsons, F Kellythorn, P Thirlby (N Simmons 62), G Goodfellow; D Job (D Jacques 47), R Brown (N Turner 72), P Joyce, C Bailey, D Cook, O Hambly, C Fuca (capt) (N Broadbank 62), T Duncan.
Canterbury: M Beaumont, A Moss, D Devlin-Jones, A Veale, M Melford (A Kwaku 11), T Best, P Marshall (C Tandy 40); J Green, T Rogers, M Pinnick (S Goode 58), T Sherson, J Darley, R Comfort (R Corr 21), S Rogers, P Kelly (capt) (N Wakefield 62),
Referee: Nick Williams (RFU)
Redruth man of the match: Greg Goodfellow