Steve Larkins: League position 'counts for nothing' in derby

Redruth are 39 points clear of Cornish All Blacks after 14 games

Redruth coach Steve Larkins says that league positions "count for nothing" ahead of the Cornish derby on Saturday.

Redruth face Cornish All Blacks, who sit bottom of the National League 2 South, while Larkins' side go into the game in fifth place.

"They're dangerous and I know they'll be fired up on Saturday to attack us," Larkins told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"Wherever they are in the league counts for nothing on Saturday; it will be full of intrigue."

Despite the gulf in league position, both teams come into the derby match off the back of losses. Redruth lost 36-31 to Barnes in an 11-try thriller on Saturday, while Cornish All Blacks lost 10-21 at home to 13th-place Chinnor.

"Whenever we play Cornish All Blacks it's always a big game, and you want to go into the new year with that derby under your belt," said Larkins.

"They're always going to be tight affairs and you know it'll have everything. I'm sure there'll be some talking points but we're looking forward to playing the game.

"The players are excited about the Christmas period, and we want to finish off the year in good fashion, so we're generally looking forward to the next few games but especially Saturday. The excitement's already building at training."

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