Our weekly chat with Cockles’ head coach Steve Perry

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 December 2018

Nick Halse in action for the Cockles in the defeat at Camborne. Picture JASON FAHY

Nick Halse in action for the Cockles in the defeat at Camborne. Picture JASON FAHY


First up this week we asked the Cockles head coach for his thoughts on what sounded like a thrilling contest at Camborne – but one in which, yet again, his side were beaten, suffering a fifth straight defeat in the process.

Mike Richards in action for the Cockles in the defeat at Camborne. Picture JASON FAHYMike Richards in action for the Cockles in the defeat at Camborne. Picture JASON FAHY

He replied: “Not for the first time this season we have lost a match that we might have just as easily have won.

“By that I mean that once again, when you take a long hard look at how things unfolded, the margins between success and failure are mighty thin.”

He continued: “They [Camborne] had in Alex Ducker a right winger who was a quality player and you could make a good case for the former Redruth and Hartpury College player being the difference on the day.”

With his team matching the home side in the try scoring department – both teams crossed the whitewash six times – there is clearly not a lot wrong with the attacking element of the Cockles game. But what does the head coach feel about the other end of the pitch?

He replies: “It is a concern that we are conceding a lot of points, but it does remain work in progress and let’s not forget that we were without influential players such as injured duo Matt Ryan and Dave Bargent at Camborne.

“It’s fair to suggest there’s not a lot wrong with the attacking element to our game and also fair to say we have work to do on defensive duties.”

He continues: “It’s not easy to work in training on the more physical side of defending, for you are always conscious of picking up injuries, hence not spending much – if any – time on full contact.

“It means much of the work is on the basics of retaining shape and defending as a unit without contact. It’s a question of getting the balance right.”

With regard to the current run of five straight defeats, the head coach says: “Of course, it is disappointing, but, look, in the Camborne game they scored two of their six tries from interceptions and two of their tries were also scored by the impressive Alex Ducker. A huge positive for us is the fact that we matched them try for try and we shall continue to work to try and ensure that the fine margins become even finer to the point where, eventually, it is us benefiting from those same margins that are currently, for one reason or another, going against us.”

Next up is the visit of Drybrook, who provide the final home league opposition of the year at the Imperial ground on Saturday (December 15).

The Cockles’ head coach says: “We are now into the territory of having played everyone once and so we are no longer going into matches ‘blind’. We know from our early season meeting with Drybrook that they are a competent outfit and quite capable of taking something away from their visit to us.

“That said, I am sure the lads will be itching to end the current run of losses and give the home support something to cheer in the final home game before Christmas.

“In terms of player news, I fear we may be missing Jack Fahy and we are also of course still without Matt [Ryan] and Dave [Bargent]. But the squad is full of lads who have bags of heart and spirit – and no small measure of ability and I am sure that whatever 15 we have on the field at 2pm on Saturday – and those waiting in the wings on the bench – they will do us, and the club, proud.”

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