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Rugby: Morcom warning in Reds' battle

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

  • BIG DADDY: Redruth skipper and new dad Chris Fuca attempts to make ground during his side's vital National Two South win against Canterbury at the Recreation Ground on Saturday. Match report page 87. Geoff Hichens.

  • CAUTIOUS: Ashley Morcom.

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DESPITE easing their relegation worries with Saturday's win over Canterbury, Redruth head coach Ashley Morcom has warned it's still all to play for in their battle to beat the drop.

The Reds' 21-17 victory at the Recreation Ground (match report page 87) lifted them eight points clear of the drop zone with six games remaining.

But despite the impressive manner in which Morcom's men disposed of a Canterbury team that started the day second in the National 2 South table, he is refusing to get carried away.

He said: "We still have to play some of the top sides in the league so we're not safe yet.

"I'm not setting any targets, other than winning as many games between now and the end of the season.

"Anybody can beat anybody in this league so anything can still happen."

Saturday's victory took Redruth to 57 points, eight above third from bottom Cornish All Blacks in the final relegation place. Last season 53 points would have guaranteed safety, though that was with two less games following Rugby pulling out of National 2 South.

Even one more victory from their remaining six games could be enough for the Reds.

On Saturday they make the trip to Shelford in a rearranged fixture. Their original game was postponed last month.

And as Redruth were due to have a free Saturday this weekend several players are unavailable having made other plans in advance.

Among those are Craig Bonds and Matt O'Leary, while the Reds will also check on the fitness of skipper Chris Fuca after he suffered a head injury in the second half of Saturday's win.

Disappointing

The Reds ran out 28-6 winners at Shelford last season and Morcom said: "It is disappointing because this was one of the games we were targeting as a win.

"We turned them over last season and they have hit a bit of bad form, but now it looks like we're going to be without a few of our players."

Nonetheless, it's a game Morcom feels the Reds can get something from, if they get their tactics right.

He said: "I've spoken to coaches up there and if we can stop Shelford's running game we will have a chance."

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