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Four-week break will be no excuse for Reds at Bournemouth

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 11, 2013

Redruth coach Steve Evans

Redruth coach Steve Evans

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Redruth coach Steve Evans says his side cannot use their four-week break from National League Two South rugby as an excuse this weekend.

The Reds are back in league action for the first time since December 15, with a trip to Bournemouth tomorrow.

Evans' men were due to play the Cornish All Blacks on December 22, but the derby clash was postponed due to flooding at Polson Bridge.

Rugby Lions were the scheduled opponents last weekend, before they pulled out of the league at the start of the season following irreversible financial problems over the summer.

Redruth's 39-11 win over Clifton was their fifth consecutive victory in the league and Evans hopes that run will continue this weekend.

He said: "We've been playing really well, winning five on the bounce, so it was a bit disappointing that we haven't had any games since mid-December.

"It was probably good for the boys to have a break, and it means we have a full squad to choose from this weekend. We've been doing extra training, and the Camborne game on Boxing Day and the development game against Wadebridge has kept us busy."

The coming weeks could make or break Redruth's season. Promotion is still a possibility with the Cornish club fourth in the table, only seven points off leaders Worthing with a game in hand.

Evans said: "We have a difficult couple of months ahead, with Bournemouth on Saturday and Canterbury away later this month.

"We're playing some of the top teams in February such as Worthing and Launceston. It's a crucial period for us."

Try-scoring back-row Tom Duncan will not be available on loan this weekend. He is set to make his debut for parent club Cornish Pirates in their British and Irish Cup game against Dundee High at Mennaye Field on Sunday.

Evans said: "It is a blow to lose Tom, but this is a great opportunity for him.

"We loaned him back after he signed for the Cornish Pirates, but this is his big chance and everybody at Redruth will be wishing him well this weekend.

"The good thing is we have a strong squad and people are waiting to come in."

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