Raiders v Redruth preview by Peter Gavin

Redruth RFC v Worthing Raiders
Saturday 1st April 2017
Kick Off 3pm

Raiders journey down to Cornwall this Saturday for their sixth visit to play Redruth at  their Recreation Ground base.

Redruth visited Roundstone Lane last November and were victorious, deep into injury time 27-29.

Background stuff

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 Trelawny’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.

Cornwall retained the County Championship, this time defeating Cheshire 35-13. As usual most of Cornwall was at the match at Twickenham. The contingent on the pitch from the present Redruth squad were: Brown, Fuca, Marriott (c), Parsons, Vinnicombe, Webber, Williams.

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 cup, 1988 & 2004, the home side progressing on both occasions.

The record for the League encounters so far is :

2011-12  W27 R25 R37 W22 (Worthing 3rd Redruth 6th)

2012-13  W27 R26 R26 W22 (Worthing 2nd Redruth 4th).Worthing promoted to level 3 after play-off.

2014-15  W12 R10 R22 W17 (Worthing 5th Redruth 7th)

2015-16  W8   R10 R24 W16  (Worthing 11th Redruth 4th)

2016-17 W27  R29

26th November 2016 Worthing Raiders 27 Redruth 29

Despite the fact that Redruth were 4th in the league (43 points) to Raiders 10th  (23 points),  the home side came mighty close to upsetting the form book. Angus Taylor slotted the vital conversion with the last kick of  the match. An enthralling encounter with the leading changing hands 5 times. The visiting forwards pummelled Raiders’ line for an age before prevailing, deep into injury time, the conversion sealed the match.

Raiders:McLean, Loosmore, Coxon-S, Richards, Forrest, Leeming, Peach, Storer, Harris, Burns, Barlow, White, Whittall, Hewick, Smith. Bench: Gatford, Sargent, Squire, Montgomery, Pickford.

Scoring-Tries: McLean (2), Sargent, Hewick. Pens McLean. Conversions McLean (2).

Redruth: Rule, Vinnicombe, Webber, Parsons, Dicker, Matavesi, Taylor, Phillips, Gidlow, Williams, Buzza, Hattam, Chapman, Fuca, Marriott. Bench: Tompsett, Wright, Howe, Nonu, Bonds.

Scoring-Tries: Ducker, Vinnicombe(2), Phillips, Tompsett. Conversions Taylor (2).

Last season

The Reds had another great season finishing 4th with 110pts with 22 wins and a draw. The defeats came at the hands of promoted teams:Cambridge and Old Albanian and away from the ‘Rec’ at Barnes (36-31) Taunton (19-16) and Bishop’s Stortford (47-15). In the threequarters, Webber, Parsons and Rule featured in all but one fixture. In the forwards Fuca, Marriott and Hattam only missed a couple of matches between them.

So far this season…..P26 W18

Redruth are riding high: 5th position in the league with  90 points, just 2 points behind Taunton Titans.  Once again their home form has been solid, although they have lost to Canterbury (26-34), Taunton (18-22) and Old Elthamians (17-20) at the ‘Rec’. Exmouth gave them a  fright  before eventually losing 33-32, but they bagged 2 bonus points from their visit. Last week a visit to leaders Bishop’s Stortford resulted in quite a tough encounter before Stortford pulled away to win 32-7.

A little more detail on some of the players…..

As usual a list of player used in recent fixtures is provided along with a little  further information as to credentials:

In the backs, Scrum half Jack Oulton has returned, starting in every match since Christmas. Lewis Vinnicombe  on the wing has only missed a couple of matches whilst Sam Parsons (capt)  has been ever present, sometimes off the bench.  Joel Matavesi and Palepoi Nonu have forged a partnership in the centre although last week Parsons/Webber resumed.  Alex Ducker who has 24 tries to his credit has not played since early February. Goal kicking duties have generally resided with Brett Rule.

In the forwards Tommy Phillips and tight head Craig Williams  have been virtually ever present in the front row, with the experienced hooker Richard Brown reappearing as Matt Gidlow is suspended. A combination of Luke Hattam, Brad Howe and Shaun Buzza has filled the boiler house most weeks . Likewise the back row is usually filled by a combination of B-J Chapman,  Chris Fuca, Mark Grubb and Kyle Marriott. (Chris Fuca has started every match.)

Another tough fixture awaits….


Name (Age)       *played 26/11 Apps 2016-7 Total Apps Join Points Honours    + Cornwall Position/Previous Clubs *previously played v Raiders DOB
Brett Rule * (28) 24 161 2008 1T27C9P + FB/FH:Stalwart 41088
Lewis Vinnicombe* (32) 22/2R 251 2002 10T Eng Count + W/FB:Helston, Pirates 23.          112 tries for Redruth 170584
Dean Bonds* (25) 11/5R 83 2011 1T + W/FB: Redruth Youth. 140292
Alex Ducker* (23) 19/2R 21 2015 24T + W: Pirates, Penryn, Camborne 1993
Matt Bowden (29) 6/2R 68 2008 2T + Royal N W: 231087
Connor Gilbert (18) 0/1R 1 2017 + U18 C: Redruth Youth, Chiefs U18 18
Neilson Webber * (27) 14/7R 80 2014 2T Eng Count + C:Old Patesians 16, Launceston* 49 27
Sam Parsons *  (26) 20/6R 163 2007 3T Eng Colls + C:Pirates 11, Mounts Bay 27 31287
Palepoi Nonu* (39) 10/11R 37 2015 2T + C:CAB* 48, Rotherham Titans 49, Pirates* 67 120278
Joe Elderkin (19) 2 2 2017 5C1T FH: Oaklands Coll, Exeter Acad, Plymouth Alb 2 19
Joel Matavesi* (21) 14/1R 15 2016 2T FH/C:Redruth Youth, Truro Coll, Camborne, Scarlets, Ospreys. 270595
Jack Oulton (21) 20/1R 21 2016 9T SH:Chiefs,Pirates 7, Launceston* 15. 61095
Tommy Phillips*(22) 24/1R 73 2014 8T EngCU20 + LHP: Truro College, Helston 1994
Jess Tompsett* 2/14R 52 2013 1T + P: Brighton
Craig Williams* 25 102 2006 Eng Count + P:Macclesfield 39,St Ives
Matt Gidlow* (32) 13/6R 121 2007 5T H:Sheffield Tigers 12 220984
Rich Brown (30) 5/4R 190 2008 + H:Truro, Cheltenham 280586
Luis Powell (19) 4/3R 7 2017 H: Exeter Chiefs U18 Acad 19
Brad Howe * (21) 11/4R 41 2014 + U20 L:Pirates, Helston,Chiefs Acad 1995
Luke Hattam* (21) 16/5R 46 2015 + U20 L:Redruth Youth, Chiefs U18 1995
Shaun Buzza* 18/3R 27 2011 12T L: Redruth Youth, Camborne
Barrie-John Chapman* (32) 12/1R 112 2016 2T + BSWF: Launceston*81, Canterbury 9, Taunton* 21. 291084
Chris Fuca* (31) 26 285 2005 3T Eng Colls + WF:Stalwart 160985
Mark Grubb 16/2R 18 2016 OSWF: Wadebridge Camels
Kyle Marriott* (29) 22 77 2014 3T Barbarians Devon No8:Crediton, Lydney 22, Plymouth 110, Pirates*  77 120487
DeclanMatthews19 1/5R 11 2016 1T +U20 W: Truro Coll, Chiefs U18. 19
James Huxtable(23) 7/1R 8 2016 14C3P FH: Redruth Youth,  Bath Univ 23
Gus Taylor* (21) 11/1R 2016 1T20C5P SH: Perth Spirit (Aus), Western Force u20, Wests Scarborough 21
Sam Stevens (20) 0/4R 20 2014 1T SH: Pirates Youth 300196
Luke Chapman (21) 0/4R 6 2016 +  Eng U19 PiratesPDF P: Exmouth 22, Launceston *33, Plymouth Alb 14.. 310895
Adam Wright* 2/10R 15 2016 1T +U20 P: Redruth Youth, Truro Coll, Exeter Chiefs U18 19
Jack Hodge 0/2R 2 2017 +U20 P: Redruth Youth 19
Ashley Lawton 2/3R 34 2006 2T L: St Ives 13
Timoci Kava (27) 0/2R 2 2016 Royal Navy L: Pirates 1989
Luke Collins (34) 1 191 2002 L:N.Walsham,Pirates 17,St Ives 300682
Todd Prisk (22) 6 24 2014 1T +U20 L: Fylde 8. 10495
Ben Priddey (31) 3/3R 99 2004 2T Royal N + WF/H: Stalwart 190585
Ben Fox (28) 1/2R 33 2007 1T Royal Navy L/WF: 91287