Redruth at full strength for crucial visit of Hartpury College
Redruth coach Ashley Morcom believes his side will be at their strongest for a crucial National League Two South meeting with Hartpury College tomorrow.
The Reds were forced into changes ahead of a 69-0 victory over Lydney last weekend but Morcom expects to pick from a full-strength squad in the lead-up to tomorrow's clash at the Recreation Ground.
However, on-loan Cornish Pirate Tom Duncan, who is the joint-top try-scorer in the division, may be reduced a place on the replacements' bench following his recovery from a hamstring problem.
"There are always bumps and bruises but we have come through with no other real injury problems," said Morcom.
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"There are a couple of stiff necks and backs but hopefully we will be going into the game fully fit.
"This will probably be the strongest side we'll put out for a long time.
"Realistically, we expect Tom Duncan to be sat on the bench this weekend.
"It would be very difficult to drop people after putting nearly 70 points on a team the week before.
"He is back in the squad but not starting the game."
Many of those who wore the shirt so successfully against Lydney are expected to retain their place – backs coach Steve Evans, included.
Morcom said: "Steve played because we had a few knocks and there were players who play centre unavailable. He said he would have a go and he actually brings something that we need at the minute. He is direct, strong and doesn't miss many tackles – he is ideal for that sort of game. Everyone played really well, but still, there were a few times when people spilled the ball when they shouldn't have.
"Sometimes you don't get the rub of the green but full credit to the guys, they came out with a performance against Lydney and it showed with 69 points on the board.
"We have got some younger players who some might think should be given a go ahead of Steve, but I don't think we can risk people against the top-four sides when we have someone like him capable of doing the job."
Evans' performance helped ensure Redruth maintained their second-placed position in the league table. They are three points ahead of fourth-placed Hartpury with a game in hand.
The Reds, who are unbeaten at home this term, are also looking to avenge a 47-15 loss to Hartpury earlier in the season.
Morcom said: "We've got to right a few wrongs. We were put to the sword when we played Hartpury away. They had a strong side that day and we are not entirely sure what they are bringing down this weekend.
"They put a big total on us up there so we have to put that right to start with and we don't want to lose our home record.
"It is important to us and if we perform, there is no reason why it should ever come into doubt because we have a good side.
"I hope Hartpury bring their strongest team. I like to play against people's best sides. We wouldn't want to play against a side that has five or six injuries because they can always use that as an excuse."