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Captains Chris Fuca and Tom Rawlings proud of derby day displays

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 12, 2013

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Opposing Cornish derby skippers Chris Fuca and Tom Rawlings were both proud of their players' performances after Redruth won a league match at Polson Bridge for the first time in their history.

Fuca's Reds were narrow victors at the home of Rawlings' Cornish All Blacks at the weekend but both men were full of admiration for the endeavour displayed during a tense 10-9 National League Two South victory.

Redruth dominated much of the first half but the All Blacks defended well despite being down to 13 men following yellow cards for forwards Ben Hilton and Neil Bayliss. However, the Launceston side fought back after the half-time break for a losing bonus point.

Fuca said: "I'm hugely proud of the boys. It was a massive effort but I would like to pay respect to Launceston, they showed massive spirit. They have come in to the game with great form lately and we knew it was going to difficult to get that monkey off our backs with the first win at Polson Bridge.

"At the end of the day, we just had to work harder and harder in every play of the game. We have got a few boys carrying knocks and were running on empty for the last 20 minutes. I asked them to just battle on for me and they did it, so huge credit to them.

"Again, we have huge respect for Launceston. They defended for their lives in the first half and they maybe edged it in the second half. We'll take the win any day, especially up there."

Rawlings was gracious in defeat but urged his players to rebuild after their second loss in as many weeks. The All Blacks came into the game against Redruth following a 20-17 reverse at Southend.

He said: "I thought it was a well-deserved win for Redruth. They came up here in good form, with a good league position but I also thought it was a good performance from my Launceston boys as well.

"There was a lot of heart put into performances. Launceston versus Redruth is the biggest game I've ever played in and I feel really honoured to pull on a Launceston jersey and go out to battle for our club.

"Unfortunately, it didn't go our way but I'm really proud of the guys and the effort that was put in, one to 20. It was a sterling performance and they did the shirt proud even though we didn't get the right result.

"Every player that went on to the pitch for us put their body on the line, it was hit after hit. We pride ourselves on our defence, we always have.

"A lack of discipline killed us this week and it did last week at Southend as well. It is something we have really got to take a look at.

"Well done to Redruth but we need to pick up now."

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