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Evans praises Reds as Rainford seeks Launceston improvement

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 10, 2012

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Redruth coach Steve Evans praised his side for their hard work during pre-season after a 46-24 victory over the Cornish All Blacks at the Recreation Ground.

The Reds have now won both of their opening National League Two South games, against Taunton and now the All Blacks.

Evans said: "Since they started ten weeks ago, the boys have worked hard. Sometimes they have been in three times a week and fitness has been one of the main priorities for us – today that came through.

"The guys didn't look tired the skills looked good as well. To complete 80 minutes in that way was very pleasing."

Redruth's five tries came through Luke Collins (two), Sam Parsons, Greg Goodfellow and Frazer Kellythorne. Evans said his side could have scored more.

"We were always confident of scoring tries, it is more a case of trying to stop them against us," he said.

"Every time we had the ball, I believed we looked dangerous and we were willing to try things."

The performances of young men such as Kellythorne, fellow back Romey Vassell and back-row Neil Broadbank also delighted Evans.

He said: "We took a punt on those boys. I played against Romey and Frazer last year in the lower leagues when I was at Hayle. There was definitely something about them at that level and putting them in a better team has enabled them to prove themselves good acquisitions this year.

"Neil has come through Truro College and worked hard. He had a stormer for the development team last week we scored from his good work today."

Cornish All Blacks head coach Spike Rainford was understandably disappointed with his side's performance, particularly the opening 15 minutes.

The All Blacks found themselves trailing by 17 points within 13 minutes of the start.

Rainford said: "In the first half it was all to do with us. We allowed them into the game early on, we gifted them tries and we made it a big job for ourselves. When you are three scores down after 15 minutes, it makes your job that much harder."

The All Blacks recovered during the second half to win a bonus point following tries from Luke Tidball, Tim Mathias, Richard Bright and Mike Roach.

"There are always positives to take away from a game," said Rainford. "We have taken a bonus point away but you can't live and survive in this league on losing bonus points, you have to get the wins as well.

"We have got a lot to work on and we will go back and look at it this week. We will work hard and watch the videos to see where the problems are and try to put them right next week.

"We missed a lot of tackles. We looked at certain problems in the week and still let them happen again."

Rainford said the squad will work hard to improve for this weekend's home clash with Hartpury College. He said: "We know they are going to be fit and fast and a tough side to beat but we have to man up and take the game to them on Saturday at Polson Bridge."

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