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Frustrated Edwards eyes Reds revival

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 03, 2013

By Bill Sobey

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Redruth director of rugby Adrian Edwards believes there is no better challenge for his side than a trip to high-flying Henley Hawks this week.

The Reds' push for a National League Two South promotion place has faltered in recent weeks with four defeats in as many games.

The second-placed Hawks are now 12 points ahead of Redruth with a game in hand. However, Edwards says his men must fight to restore their form.

He said: "The best challenge for us now is to go to Henley this weekend. Everyone will write us off now, that is fantastic in a way.

"If we get our heads right this week, I think that is the best challenge we could ask for by far. It will be like when we went to Shelford at the start of the year, and people thought we were finished because of the money problems.

"I think the boys will show their colours this week, performance-wise – that is all you can ask for."

The 36-28 loss to Shelford at the Recreation Ground last weekend was particularly disappointing for Edwards, who has struggled without key senior players in recent weeks.

He said: "We were chasing the game against Shelford, trying to force offloads – things that came naturally a month ago are not happening now.

"There have been a lot of changes in personnel, there is no getting away from that.

"When you have got people like Ben Priddey, Tom Duncan, Owen Hambly and Lewis Vinnicombe unavailable, they are really important players.

"That is not knocking anyone, we have got some really good senior players but it is a big step up for the youngsters, week in and week out.

"The team of four months ago would have taken a different scoreline from that game. It is a learning curve for everyone – the players and the staff.

"No matter what, you remember the last three or four games of the season. It is hard on the supporters at the moment because they have been fantastic.

"We need to be a little bit more aggressive and make sure our attitude is gnarly."

Redruth forwards coach Ashley Morcom is another man seeking improvement from his side. He said: "We didn't perform against Shelford. I felt that a good performance would bring us a win. It was not the prettiest of games but we still got close. It just shows the level we have been playing at.

"The key thing this weekend will be to go to Henley and just have a go and enjoy it. They will be smelling blood and will be underdogs now, so we can just play the game."

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