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Rugby: Redruth have lots of work to do says head coach Steve Larkins

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 14, 2014

  • ONE THAT GOT AWAY: Redruth skipper Chris Fuca just fails to hold on to the ball at a lineout during Tuesday night's friendly against Exeter Chiefs Academy. Pictures by Geoff Hichens.

  • AWAY IT GOES: Redruth centre Sam Parsons gets a pass away.

  • ONE OF THE NEW BOYS: Kyle Marriott sets up his backs from the back row.

  • KEEPING WATCH: Steve Larkins at Tuesday's match.

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HEAD Coach Steve Larkins declared himself happy with Redruth's performance in their first pre-season friendly against Exeter Chiefs Academy on Tuesday night.

He was also pleased with the contributions of new signings, No8 Kyle Marriott, centre Nielson Webber and lock Todd Prisk, who all made starts at the Recreation Ground.

Young winger Robin Wedlake was also given the nod to start, as were returning forwards Owen Hambly and Chris Bailey.

But following the 24-0 defeat, Larkins admitted there was still 'lots of work to do' before the Reds kick off their National League 2 South season away to Southend on Saturday September 6

He said: "It's always a bit of a shock to the system playing your first game in pre-season.

"It's the first time you are tested physically in areas like the breakdown and the set-piece but overall I was happy.

"There are a lot of very talented boys in the Exeter squad and it took them over an hour to break us down.

"That was when Naqelevuki crashed over for their first try and that perhaps broke us a bit but overall defensively I thought we managed very well."

Of the new signings, Larkins said: "They (Kyle Marriott and Nielson Webber) played well and led by example, they are positive guys all the time and they have helped the squad gel.

"Todd Prisk at lock had a very good game until he had to come off.

"We know we have got lots of work still to do and that will be addressed during the forthcoming week's training.

"Sadly it looks like our proposed game at St Austell on Saturday will be called off, so we will train on Thursday and probably again on Saturday before preparing for our next game Saturday week at Bournemouth.

"There are other players in the squad holding their hand up for a game."

Skills coach at Exeter Chiefs, Ricky Pellow, was pleased with his side's performance. "I am really pleased with the performance of our young side this evening.

"We knew Redruth would give us a hard physical test and we weren't disappointed.

"I think Sireli (Naqelevuki) had a good debut in the back row, he has always been good at the breakdown and running into space, so I think he can give us an option there going forward.

"The majority of our side are youngsters from Cornwall and Devon, from a Chiefs' perspective it's really pleasing, and for players from the South West it's good for them to see the level they can achieve without having to travel away."

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