Worthing Raiders v Redruth RFC
13th January 2018
Kick off 2pm
Redruth RFC ‘The Reds’ journey from Cornwall to make their sixth visit to Roundstone Lane for a National 2 South fixture. Their previous visits have produced memorable matches (see below), Raiders lead the home series 3-2…with the aggregate points differential 101- 100.
Redruth RFC was founded way back in 1875, the same year as a number of other clubs in the region including Taunton and Plymouth. The club’s centenary tome can be viewed on-line.
A number of international players have represented the club, Richard Sharp a dashing outside half, who gained 14 caps for England and 2 for the Lions in the 60’s, is probably the most famous. He scored a memorable try against Scotland in 1963. (It’s on You-tube!)
The ‘Lamb and Flag’ emblem is used by Redruth Council as well as the Rugby club. The mark was originally used on ingots within the extensive tin industry of which Redruth was at the centre.
The Rugby club is at the heart of the Town and was considered the top Cornish club for most of the last century. The move to the Recreation Ground in the 1930’s provided a facility for 12,000 spectators (600 seated) and at the time was the third largest rugby ground in England.
Fixtures against touring sides were staged. The ‘All Blacks’ played South Western Counties there in January 1973 winning 7-30. ‘Hell-Fire Corner’ must have been electric!
Rugby is a way of life to many in Cornwall, especially when Trelawney’s Army get on the march to support the ‘Black and Gold’. An unbelievable 17 charabancs (1500+ crowd!) turned up at Worthing in April 1999 for a county match against Sussex.
The Reds have been in the National League since the system started. Promoted to level 3 in 2005, despite travelling the length and breadth of the country, they remained at that level until 2011.
Fixtures with Raiders over the years…..
Worthing visited Redruth in the John Player Cup, 1988 & 2004, the home side progressing on both occasions.
The record for the League encounters so far is:
2011-12: W 27 – R 25 / R 37 – W 22 (Worthing 3rd Redruth 6th)
2012-13: W 27 – R 26 / R 26 – W 22 (Worthing 2nd Redruth 4th). Worthing promoted to level 3 after play-off.
2014-15: W 12 – R 10 / R 22 – W 17 (Worthing 5th Redruth 7th)
2015-16: W 8 – R 10 / R 24 – W 16 (Worthing 11th Redruth 4th)
2016-17: W 27 – R 29 / R 33 – W 29 (Worthing 12th Redruth 5th)
2017-18: R 20 – W 19
September 2017 Redruth 20 Raiders 19
Raiders are yet to win at the Rec, but it unlikely to get closer than this! Raiders scored in the 78th minute through a try from George Head converted by Matt McLean to nudge into the lead 15-19. At the restart Raiders could not retain possession and despite valiant defence were unable to prevent stalwart Matt Gidlow scoring an unconverted try deep into injury time. Hell-fire corner erupted with ecstatic Cornish celebrations!
Redruth: Rule, Coote, Simmons, Parsons, Cant, Hosking, Oulton, Pattison, Brown, Williams, Hattam, Howe, Fox, Priddey, Marriott.
Bench: Gidlow, Thomsett, Fuca, Higgins, Kevern.
Raiders: Leeming, Maslen, Richards, Forrest, Boyland, McLean, Walsh, Head, Harris, Sargent, Spurgeon, Worrall, Lake, Price, Redmayne.
Bench Gearing-Grief, Litterick, Lee, Hampson, Ajayi.
The Reds had another great season finishing 5th with 101points with 19 wins and a draw. The only teams to achieve the double were promoted Old Elthamians and rather surprisingly London Irish Wild Geese, 21-22 at the Rec and 29-21 in Sunbury. Canterbury (26-34) and Taunton (18-22) were the only other teams to grasp a win at the Rec stronghold. Top try score was Alex Ducker (now at Hartpury) who amassed 24 tries in only 21 matches. Stalwart back row forward, Chris Fuca, started in all 30 matches.
So far this season…..P17/ W10/ L7…5th 52 points …Raiders 8th (47 points)
A reasonable season so far although the defeat last Saturday at Wimbledon (33-28) caught a few pundits by surprise. The other defeats all on the road have been to Redingensians (21-12), Cinderford (49-19), Barnstaple (29-24), Taunton (34-17) and Canterbury (18-16). Their only defeat on home turf was against Chinnor (13-20). Skipper Richard Brown (hooker) has started every match along with centre Jack Simmons who has featured every week, although he went off injured last week at Wimbledon. Stalwart Chris Fuca (wing forward) has been on loan to Cornish Pirates.
As usual a list of players used in recent fixtures is provided along with a little further information as to credentials.
Clearly this fixture has all the hallmarks of another epic encounter, please add your support from the touchline……..
|Name (Age) *played v Raiders 23.09.19||Apps 2017- 8||Total Apps||Join||Points||Honours||Position/Previous Clubs
*previously played v Raiders
|Alex ‘AJ’ Cant* (18)||8/2R||10||2017||5T||Full Back/Wing: Camborne, Chiefs U18, Pirates PDF|
|Robert Coote* (25)||16||35||2015||4T||GB Universities||Scrum Half/Full Back: CAB 5, Chiefs 2, Pirates 2,
|Dean Bonds (25)||4||91||2011||2T||Cornwall||Wing/Full Back: Redruth Youth.|
|Matt Bowden (30)||10||79||2008||5T||Cornwall Royal Navy||Wing:|
|Connor Gilbert (18)||7/2R||12||2017||2T||Cornwall U18||Wing: Redruth Youth, Chiefs U18|
|Jack Simmons* (21)||12/5R||17||2017||4T||Cornwall||Centre/Wing: Drybrook, Camborne|
|Palepoi Nonu (39) Coach||0/1R||42||2015||1T||Centre: CAB*48, Rotherham Titans 49, Pirates* 67,
Plymouth Albion 12.
|Neilson Webber (28)||13/2R||99||2014||2T/5C/ 1P||England Counties Cornwall||Centre: Old Patesians 16, Launceston* 49|
|Sam Parsons* (vc30)||14/2R||183||2007||1T||England Colleges Cornwall||Centre: Pirates 11, Mounts Bay 27|
|Richard Kevern* (26)||4/4R||10||2010-11 2017||11C/1P||Fly Half: Clifton 3|
|Jack Oulton* (22)||7||31||2016||Cornwall U20||Scrum Half: Truro College, Chiefs, Pirates 7, Launceston* 15.|
|Connor Swan||7/5R||12||2017||1T||Scrum Half:|
|Jess Tompsett*||9/2R||68||2013||1T||Cornwall||LH Prop: Brighton|
|Tipiloma Kivalu (30)||6/7R||13||2017||6T||TH Prop: Navan (Ireland), Chinnor 3, Coventry 23, Otley 24.|
|Ethan Pattison*||4/9R||13||2017||1T||LH Prop: Penryn, Camborne, Cornish Rebels (RL), Truro|
|Craig Williams*||11/1R||118||2006||England Counties Cornwall||TH Prop: Macclesfield 39,St Ives|
|Jack Hodge (19)||4/5R||12||2017||1T||Cornwall U20||Prop: Redruth Youth|
|Richard Brown* (c) (31)||17||205||2008||5T||Cornwall||Hooker: Truro, Cheltenham|
|Luke Hattam* (22)||8/1R||55||2015||Cornwall U20||Lock: Redruth Youth, Chiefs U18|
|Ed Pascoe (25)||13||19||2016||3T||Royal Navy||Lock: Gosport & Fareham, Pirates 5.|
|Shaun Buzza||7/4R||42||2011||3T||Lock: Redruth Youth, Camborne|
|Ben Fox* (30)||8||41||2007||Royal Navy||Lock/Wing Forward: Stalwart|
|Sam Stevens (21)||2/3R||27||2014||2T||OS Wing Forward/Scrum Half: Pirates Youth|
|Chris Fuca* (32)||9/2R||300||2005||4T||England Colleges Cornwall||BS Wing Forward: Stalwart|
|Mark Grubb||2/3R||26||2016||Wing Forward: Wadebridge Camels|
|Kyle Marriott* (30)||10/3R||94||2014||3T||Barbarians Devon||No8: Crediton, Lydney 22, Plymouth 61, Pirates* 67.|
|Brad Howe * (22)||10/5R||60||2014||Cornwall||No 8/Lock: Pirates, Helston, Chiefs Academy|