CANTERBURY 18 REDRUTH 29
Flat, misfiring Canterbury slipped to a third consecutive defeat in a performance that had few redeeming features. Glaring failures in defence gave Redruth a two try head start, setting them on course for an easy victory over a side lacking any real conviction.
The city attack is a pop gun affair at the moment, unable to make anything of their chances and or even squeeze out a bonus point.
A bigger dose of belligerence might have helped after a woeful start. Redruth prop Tom Phillips was allowed to stroll in for a try after two minutes as the tacklers went absent. There were more guilty parties when scrum half Jack Oulton brushed past four men on a 45 metre solo run for the second.
From that point Canterbury ware always behind on the score board but it was not for lack of territory or opportunity in the first half. By the 23rd minute they had closed the gap to two points through a Will Hilton penalty goal and a try scored by brother Guy. A break from Dan Smart, who along with Aiden Moss posed the biggest threat to the visitors, created pressure. Redruth made a handing error and from the scrum a long overdue gap was worked for the younger Hilton.
That, however, was as close as Canterbury got. The visitors not only pushed ahead with Oulton’s second try, this time from close range, but survived a yellow card for skipper Kyle Marriott. On the cusp of half time a pick and drive raid paid off with a bonus point try for hooker Matt Gidlow and Joe Elderkin kicked his second conversion. All the city side had to show was a second Will Hilton penalty but with the advantage of the breeze after the break a thirteen point gap should have been within their compass.
The first score of the new half was crucial to building momentum but, instead, it went to Redruth. Canterbury lost control of the ball, the Reds let their backs loose and Joel Matavesi scored at the right hand corner.
The city side’s problems after that was their failure to establish a permanent foothold and Redruth’s superior work at the breakdown. It won the visitors vital penalty decisions which blunted city attacks and playing a man short in the final quarter after Gidlow was red carded for a high tackle did not disturb them.
Canterbury punished the Gidlow incident with their one successful move which brought the deserving Moss a try and Tom Best converted. For the rest there was little to report apart from a good break by prop Aaron Cooper and a yellow card for Will Farris as the game ambled to its inevitable conclusion.
Canterbury: A.Moss, G.Hilton, J.Jones (repl F.Morgan), W.Farris, K.Thompson, W.Hilton (repl T. Best), A.Cooper (repl J.Green), S.Rogers (repl L.Woodbridge), S.Kenny, R.Cadman, T.Burns (repl C.Townley), M.Cantwell, H.McCormick-Houston, G.Micans
|8||Bury St Edmunds||30||77|
|13||London Irish Wild Geese||30||57|
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|L||17 Feb||Bury St. Edmunds||26-46|
|L||10 Feb||Taunton Titans||12-21|
|W||13 Jan||Old Redcliffians||48-29|
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