Nonu ad­mits Re­druth lost to bet­ter side

Western Morning News - - Sport - BY BILL HOOPER

Re­druth had no an­swer on Satur­day as a su­perb sec­ond-half per­for­mance saw Redin­gen­sians claim a bonus-point 32-14 win at the Recre­ation Ground to ce­ment top spot in Na­tional League Two South.

Re­druth head coach Pale Nonu was nat­u­rally dis­ap­pointed with the re­sult but ac­knowl­edged that the bet­ter side won on the day. He said: “A dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance, but fair play to the Rams.

“They did a job on us to­day and showed why they are a topof-the-ta­ble side. We gave away far too many penal­ties and when you do that you will strug­gle to get any­thing.

“I thought we did rea­son­ably well in the first half. We de­fended well and tack­led hard but we couldn’t make the most of the chances we made.”

De­spite los­ing lock Ol­lie Tay­lor to in­jury from the kick­off, the Rams soon set­tled as they made the most of a catch and drive. Tay­lor’s re­place­ment Craig Nightin­gale popped over for a try in the cor­ner fol­low­ing sev­eral phases, with fly-half Alex Seers adding the con­ver­sion.

A car­bon copy of the first try saw hooker Ben Hen­der­son driven over as the Rams rut­ted their way through the Re­druth pack for an un­con­verted try.

Re­druth needed a score. It came with their own pow­er­ful drive off a line-out, with in­spi­ra­tional skip­per Richard Brown get­ting the try bet­tered by full-back Aaron Sim­monds.

Busy wing Tom Not­man put the home side in a good position, but the Reds could not take ad­van­tage. In­stead an er­ror in mid­field by Re­druth gifted the Rams a third try, scored by flanker Louis Wolf.

Hav­ing missed with the last two con­ver­sion at­tempts, Seers made amends with a rou­tine penalty mo­ments later as Re­druth again fell foul of the ref­eree. With half-time fast ap­proach­ing, the hosts needed a score and it came fol­low­ing sev­eral phases of play with num­ber eight Sam Stevens be­ing driven over un­der the sticks. Sim­monds obliged with the ex­tras.

The vis­i­tors largely dom­i­nated the sec­ond half and, while they sur­vived a yel­low card early in the sec­ond half, Re­druth did not, con­ced­ing tries to prop Jack Stead­man and re­place­ment back Joe Duf­fe­len, with Seers adding a fur­ther con­ver­sion to wrap up the re­sult. The Reds will look to bounce back next Satur­day at Ton­bridge Jud­di­ans.

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