A look ahead at the weekend

20/02/2014


Whilst JRFC have a weekend off, Harvey Biljon, the squad and supporters will doubtless cast a keen eye on proceedings at Billesley Common, where Moseley entertain Cornish Pirates in their rearranged fixture from Round 15 two weeks ago, when the home pitch was waterlogged.

Moseley currently sit one place above Jersey on 24 points (Jersey have 17), whereas Pirates are the next opponents for the Reds, next Sunday away at The Mennaye field.

For Pirates this will be a welcome return to League duty, having missed out on games for three consecutive weeks because of the adverse weather conditions. Moseley will also be welcoming this match as they try to erase the memory of a heavy defeat at Headingley last week, when they could not live with a rampant Leeds Carnegie side, who put on a tremendous and irresistible show of offensive running rugby.

When Moseley visited The Mennaye Field in Penzance back in the autumn, they dominated possession and territory and yet bizarrely managed to come away without any reward. On this occasion Pirates seemed to be able to score each time they visited the red and black's twenty-two, whilst Moseley struggled to replicate this at the other end. Following that game, though, the Birmingham side had an upturn in form and results and supporters will be hoping that this will be displayed on Friday night.

The other rescheduled game this weekend sees Bristol host Plymouth Albion on Sunday (k-o 3pm) in a game originally due to have been played on the final weekend of January. Play-off hopefuls Bristol will be favourites to win on home soil, but didn't have everything their own way on their trip to Brickfields in November. Andy Robinson's men eventually won 31-38, with Albion having to make do with two bonus points.

The Ealing Trailfinders v Bedford game was postponed last Friday and rescheduled for this Saturday, February 22nd, but has again been postponed due to a badly waterlogged pitch at Ealing's Vallis Way ground. The revised date is yet to be confirmed, but is likely to be the third weekend of March.

Local rugby in Jersey this weekend

Just one game of note, but it's a significant one - the annual Inter-Insular clash between Jersey and Guernsey, featuring players from the junior sides in Jersey against their Sarnian counterparts. Kick-off at St Peter (pitch 2 or 5) is at 12noon on Saturday. The Banks Ladies v Havant match on Sunday has been cancelled after the Hampshire side forfeited the game.

RBS 6 Nations

Saturday's games will be shown on the big screen in the JRFC clubhouse. At 1.30pm Italy, in the unaccustomed role of favourites, play Scotland in Rome, while at 4pm England take on Ireland at Twickenham. Bath fly-half George Ford is set to make his England debut having been named on the bench by Stuart Lancaster. 20-year-old Ford played at St Peter last season for his former club Leicester. Ford could face another player who faced Jersey last season - Ireland's replacement prop Jack McGrath captained Leinster 'A' against the Islanders in Dublin in the B&I Cup in December 2012.

The other 6N game this weekend is Wales against France on Friday; kick-off in Cardiff is at 8pm.

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