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VIDEOS: Redruth head coach Ashley Morcom targets derby win

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

By Bill Sobey

VIDEOS: Redruth head coach Ashley Morcom target derby win

Redruth head coach Ashley Morcom

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Redruth are out for retribution against the Cornish All Blacks at the Recreation Ground this weekend, according to head coach Ashley Morcom.

The Reds were soundly beaten at Polson Bridge in the second game of their National League Two South seasons in September.

Morcom said: “The boys are really hungry and looking for a little bit of revenge after what happened earlier in the season.

“It is not just because it is a derby game, it is also crucial for us if we want to kick-start our season.”

Since that 31-10 loss in Launceston, Morcom’s men have been unbeaten at home but winless on the road.

The All Blacks were in similar form until November, when they started a run games featuring just one defeat.

Redruth lost 35-21 at Clifton last weekend. Morcom said: “Launceston have had quite a good run leading up to this game. We’ve had good home results but not been so good away. I’m looking forward to it and the boys are up for the challenge.

“Redruth has always been a hard place to come and play. We have struggled to build momentum away from home for a number of reasons. It is important we keep our home form going and take the away win whenever the chance comes.

“It is important we start taking our chances earlier in games. Against Clifton, we got into their 22 four times and got nothing and then they scored all their points.

“We keep saying the same thing about not wanting to give sides a head start. It will be exactly the same this weekend. If we give Launceston the slightest sniff, they will be all over us like a rash.

“They are a good side and we have to make sure we come out all guns blazing from minute zero.”

The recent heavy weather means the wet and muddy Rec could favour Morcom’s imposing set of forwards.

However, he is keen to play down any advantage. He said: “The weather has been horrendous here. It was pretty bad during our training session on Tuesday night – both the wind and the rain.

“If the pitch holds up, I want us to play a little bit of rugby. I don’t want to come away with a 9-3, I want us to score points and prove what we can do.

“We are a good side and we have the capability to turn any side over in this league and we have proven that already this season.

“But last season, we looked at Henley as a pretty threatening task at home and then the heavens opened. The rain gods came to our aid and we do play well in the wet.

“I just want us to be known as more than a wet-weather side, we want to be a team that plays a complete game.”

Morcom has a strong squad to pick from, with only back Paul Thirlby likely to miss out through injury.

He said: “We have got a full complement to pick from, like you always do ahead of a derby game. We have got a strong side. Apart from Paul Thirlby, we have got everybody available.

“We all play for those derbies and the local competition. It is important that we come out all guns blazing and show Launceston what we’re all about.”

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