Redruth boss defends selection after Launceston draw

Redruth vs Launceston
Redruth beat Launceston 14-13 at the Rec back in September

Redruth head coach Steve Larkins has defended his decision not to pick a specialist kicker after his side's 15-15 draw with Cornish rivals Launceston.

Ben Priddey scored two unconverted tries and Dan Rutter got the other, while Launceston's points came from five Kieron Lewitt penalties.

"If we had a recognised goal kicker out there then we may have given away tries in other areas," Larkins said.

Redruth stay ninth in National Two South, two places above Launceston.

A win for the Reds would have seen them record a league double over their biggest rivals for just the second time ever.

Home dominance in Cornish derbies
Redruth have won just one league fixture at Launceston, in February 2013.
The Reds did win a cup match at Polson Bridge against a depleted Launceston side in 2004.
Launceston last won away at Redruth in January 2010.

"I'm not going to look back and say we should have done this or should have done that," Larkins added to BBC Radio Cornwall.

"We picked the team that could do a job up here and really we've come up here and I'm pretty happy."

And Larkins is confident that both Redruth and Launceston will climb the table during the second half of the season, adding: "Both teams are pushing those top teams, we've come close to beating them.

"Both teams are close to kicking on and being in that top five, things have got to sometimes go our way, but I'm sure we'll be in the top half - both of us."