SHELFORD 37 REDRUTH 15
HEAD COACH Ashley Morcom was both frustrated and disappointed as a below-par Redruth display ended in a five tries to two defeat at Shelford.
“It is frustrating and disappointing not to come away with at least point,” said Morcom after his team’s 37-15 National Two South defeat on Saturday. “Potentially we could have come away with four points the way we played in the last 20 minutes.
“We were never allowed to get going, scrum time in the first half did not happen but we did nothing different in the second half when we got on top. We have got to identify that Shelford were not that powerful and realistically, if we had played like we did last week, the scoreline could have been reversed.”
After conceding a penalty from the kick-off, Redruth spent most of the first period on the back foot, despite playing with the advantage of a strong wind.
They were at the wrong end of a ten to four penalty count paying dearly for offences at the breakdown and scrum that led to yellow cards for skipper Chris Fuca and Jess Tompsett. Shelford ran in 17 points while Redruth were short-handed.
Under-pressure Redruth were indebted in the opening minutes to Brett Rule, who saved a try by tackling Chris Lord into touch near the flag.
The hosts looked to forwards Ben Herring and Rupert Ransom to carry strongly and they made dents in the defence for strong-running centre Gerhard Wessels to cross for an unconverted try on seven minutes.
Murray Westren pulled back three points with a 35 metre penalty after 15 minutes but, when Fuca received the first yellow card for an offence near the Redruth line on 32 minutes, sustained pressure from the home side ended with hooker Daniel Reilly spotting a gap to touch down a try that teenager Rory Hutchinson converted.
Redruth lost Tompsett, who had carried well, for an offence at a scrum on halfway in first-half stoppage-time. Westren was narrowly wide with two long-range penalty attempts as the visitors trailed by nine points at the break.
Indecision looking into the dropping sun led to a knock-on from the start of the second half as Redruth conceded field position, and Ransom took advantage of some weak tackles to go over for a converted try.
With the Reds still a man down, they conceded a further three points after a scrum in front of the posts and the game was effectively put out of their reach in the 54th minute when Hutchinson stroked over a penalty from near halfway.
Ransom ran in the bonus point try midway through the second period but Redruth hit back in the final quarter as their scrum got on top.
Play down the blind side by Greg Goodfellow and Fuca ended with Paul Thirlby having a clear run to the left-hand corner after 63 minutes.
The tide had turned as Redruth gained three penalties in quick succession and the hosts were reduced to 14 men when replacement Francis Ambrose was shown a yellow card for an offence near the line.
The visiting scrum demolished the home pack and were awarded a penalty try which Westren converted.
Cornwall Under-18 player Will Whitworth, son of former Reds and Cornwall captain Stuart Whitworth, came on for his Redruth debut, but he ended it by injuring his knee trying to stop replacement scrum-half John Naylor scoring a try, following an interception on the halfway line in the final play of the game.
Shelford: Hutchinson; Lord, W Anderson, Wessels, Chiwanga; Smith, White (Naylor 67); M Anderson (Malings 32), Reilly (Ambrose 72), Cutts; Mills (capt), Herrington (Hall 53); Jackowski (Reilly 75), Beswick (Lea 60), Ransom.
Scorers: Tries – Ransom (2), Wessels, Reilly, Naylor; Conversions – Hutchinson (3); Penalties – Hutchinson (2).
Yellow card: Ambrose.
Redruth: B Rule (Hosking 70); Notman, Parsons, Thirlby, Jones (Turner 41-45, D Bonds 67); Westren (Whitworth 74), Goodfellow; Tompsett, Brown (Turner 63); Williams; Cook, Allen; Rayment (Gidlow 70), Stevens, Fuca (capt).
Scorers: Tries – Thirlby, Penalty; Conversion – Westren; Penalty – Westren.
Yellow cards: Fuca, Tompsett.
Referee: M Hudson (RFU).