Jersey 48 Guernsey 3

03/05/2015

Jersey's clinical finishing proved the difference in the annual battle between the Channel Islands' rivals for one of rugby's oldest trophies.

Jersey lifted the Ipes Siam Cup after scoring eight tries, including a hat-trick for local boy Ed Dawson. Guernsey's amateur players battled bravely to overcome the three-level gap in league status between the two sides but were eventually well beaten.

A pushover try for Ryan Hodson opened the scoring and then Dawson pounced for his treble, the first from Aaron Penberthy's cross-kick, then an interception and finally a try in the corner from Paula Kaho's pass. Guernsey's pack had a lengthy spell of pressure to end the half, but couldn't make it count.

A fine run out of defence by visiting full-back Luke Sayer led to a penalty for his side, slotted by Glen Walters from 30 metres out, but then Jersey's forwards turned up the pressure and earned a penalty try. The hosts then switched to their running game; Drew Locke and Fautua Otto raced through for scores, each providing the scoring pass for the other, and in the last play towering forward Nick Campbell found himself in the clear for a 30-metre canter to the line.

Jersey Head Coach Harvey Biljon said the passion of the inter-island rivalry had been evident among his squad.

"We had five Jersey boys playing today who were firing up the rest of the squad - it's been drummed into everyone how much it means to beat the old enemy at the end of the season," he said.

The match was watched by one of Jersey's best-known fans - Superman actor Henry Cavill was at St Peter as part of a fund-raising day for the Durrell Wildlife Trust, for whom he is an Ambassador. Henry was much in demand throughout the day and presented the Ipes Siam Cup to winning captain Alex Rae.

The host Island won two of the day's other trophies: Jersey Wanderers beat their Veteran counterparts 12-10 to lift the Nash Cup thanks to tries from Gareth Jeffreys and Alex Walker and William Church's conversion; Jersey 2nds were given a tough battle for long periods of the Fallaize Cup match, winning by just 7-0 in the dying moments of the first half but eventually winning 48-0.

Guernsey Ladies maintained their stranglehold on the Ladies Siam, recovering from a 7-5 half-time deficit to win 7-17.

JERSEY 1st XV: Burroughs, Dawson, Hoskins, Bishop, Otto, Penberthy, Dudley; Lancuba, Selway, Brennan, Campbell, Markham, Rae (c), Hodson, Kaho.  Replacements: Lockwood, Garcia-Veiga, Williams, Trower, Fisilau, Bentley, Allan, Locke.

GUERNSEY 1st XV: Sayer, Hema, Brown, Campbell (c), Davison, Walters, Barnes; Crane, Ceillam, Batiste, Hillier, Merrien, Smith, Thomas, Barton. Replacements: Manns, Sharrott, Le Cocq, Sawene, Armstrong, Martin, Bailey.

REFEREE: Rob Warburton (RFU)
ATTENDANCE: 3,104
Man-of-the-match as chosen by Siam Cup sponsor Ipes: Ed Dawson (Jersey)
Half Time: 26-0

Scorers
Jersey
Tries: Hodson 13 Dawson 15, 17, 22, Penalty try 53, Otto 63, Locke 67, Campbell 79
Conversions: Penberthy 13, 15, 17, Bentley 53

Guernsey
Penalty: Walters 48

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