Lewis' hat-trick helps Redruth record their fifth straight victory
4:33pm Tuesday 9th October 2012 in Sport
A 28-minute hat-trick from Lewis Vinnicombe helped Redruth to their fifth straight victory in the National Two South season as they beat Canterbury at the Recreation Ground on Saturday.
The victory maintained the Reds’ 100 per cent start to the season and lifted them to second in the table.
The first half performance from Redruth was a scintillating display of rugby as they moved the ball well, with the support of players always at hand to keep up the pace of the game.
Vinnicombe opened the scoring for Redruth in the opening minute as the ball was moved wide to him from the scrum to leave him with a simple run in to touch down.
Four minutes later the ball was spun wide to Vinnicombe again and he demonstrated his class by racing away from the Canterbury defence to score again.
Canterbury got themselves on the scoresheet after 16 minutes when they took advantage of a Redruth fumble and Tom Best touched down under the post. This left an easy conversion which Best scored himself.
However, it was Redruth who were still dominating the match and when Vinnicombe raced over to touch down in Hellfire corner, for his third try, the home side were well on their way to victory. Chris Fuca added the try of the match on 30 minutes as he finished off a wonderful team move to cross, which Paul Thirlby converted.
And just before half-time man-of-the-match Greg Goodfellow scored Redruth’s fifth try as he went on a 50-metre solo run.
With the game over as a contest by half-time, the Reds second half display was lacklustre.
Tom Duncan crossed for a score from close quarters early in the second half, but the home side lacked the cutting edge, that they had shown in the first half, from then on.
It allowed Canterbury to add some respectability to the scoreline with two well-taken tries. The first was scored by David Devlin Jones, following an excellent break down the left wing. Alex Veale then grabbed a late consolation try, which was converted by Best.
Reds’ skipper Chris Fuca admitted after the match that his side needed to be more patient in their second half performance. “Because we scored some wonderful tries in the first half we got a bit carried away and felt that we had to keep scoring wonderful tries,” he said.
“Often simple rugby is best. It’s strange to feel a bit disappointed after a big win but we know what we have to work on. Still, with five out of five, we’ve got to be pleased with where we are and with Worthing losing we’ll go up there next week with some confidence.”