A stunning victory for the Wild Geese at Redruth
On Saturday 22nd April the Wild Geese visited Redruth in National League 2 South and came away with the spoils, winning by 22 points to 21. Not only did the Wild Geese claim a bonus point (as this correspondent had hoped for) but they achieved it on top of their win! It would appear that it would take a strange set of results from our nearest competitors for the Wild Geese to be relegated now, but the danger is still there.
Report by John S Hunter
The Wild Geese won the toss and ignored the old adage about taking advantage of the conditions early, by choosing to play up the slope at Redruth in the first half. It seemed to have paid off when wing Matt Killeen finished off a bout of slick handling, by scoring a try after 5 minutes, to give them an early 5-0 lead. It took 28 minutes for Redruth to respond, which they did with a converted try to take the lead. Good defence kept them at bay until they added a further converted try in stoppage time, to take a 14-5 lead into the interval.
The Wild Geese were now playing with the slope in their favour in the second half, into their hosts famed ‘Hell Fire Corner’. Like the first half, the early score went against the grain, Redruth scoring a converted breakaway try to extend their lead to 21 points to 5. What seemed a daunting task was slowly broken down bit by bit. Firstly, flanker Tyler Bush scored a try after 12 minutes of the half. This was followed by the ‘usual’ try from full-back George Owen midway through the half, to reduce the deficit to 6 points. While the Wild Geese could have taken the lead well before the final whistle with a little more luck, it took a line-out deep into stoppage time to provide the opportunity. After a number of phases, lock George Drye scored a try to leave the result hanging on the outcome of the kick. The worry now was that the kick was not easy and having failed with similar kicks earlier, it was far from over; centre Ben Kitching, however, stayed calm and ended the game with the conversion for a bonus point win.
To say that the Wild Geese were elated would be an understatement, as to win away at Redruth is a real triumph. What made it all the sweeter is the fact that they are a genuine ‘old style rugby club’. For example, straight after the game they went to their supporters in Hell Fire Corner to have a beer and invited the Wild Geese to join them: sheer Cornish class!