Redruth –v- St Agnes
A battling fixture surprising Redruth with the quality of our rugby.
It’s always concerning taking a team to Redruth where Rugby is in the blood, and the seriousness of the professional game is inflicted on all the ages, right down to those playing tag. Contrary to this concern is the satisfaction of visiting with a team who concentrate on having fun while learning and playing, and, unlike their Coach, ignore any reputation of the teams they play and prove they can compete with anyone.
Playing an exhausting three games, in their away strip of white, were Freddy, Sam, Stanley, Tom, Wilf and Nick. The first game, disappointingly for their Coach, was a pretty much one way affair where the Tigers showed why it is not only Redruth who have a reputation, but the St Agnes U9 team have earned and continue to develop one of their own. Once again playing as a team who are confident in the basics of the game and in each other’s abilities the Tigers were too powerful in attack and very effective in defence in limiting Redruths opportunities. With some very effective straight running, particularly from Nick, Sam and Tom, the Tigers repeatedly attacked down the middle of the pitch to great effect.
It was noticeable that Redruth, who had agreed to play their spare teams against each other to ensure an equal level of fatigue, were reorganising their teams and running through some light training.
Game two was much more even with St Agnes just coming out on top. Highlights included one particularly crunching tackle from Wilf sending the Redruth player backward having lost the ball, and the constant good work from Stanley and Freddie in both attack and defence.
The effort put into the first two games finally showed in Game three where the fresh Redruth team managed a win against a tired but battling St Agnes.
Overall a win and great team performance from the Tigers in the backyard of Cornish Rugby.