Jersey 18 Ealing Trailfinders 28

30/11/2013

On a bright, sunny afternoon at St Peter, Jersey started well and scored early on with a text book move from the front of the line out saw captain Alex Rae go over for an unconverted try in the bottom, roadside corner.

Jersey then extended their lead following some flowing rugby that was finished off by Campbell under the posts. O'Connor added the extras and it was a very happy St Peters, with everything going to plan.

Ealing continually looked to move the ball quickly and play expansive rugby, and got just reward for their efforts with a try of their own midway through the first half as they attacked down the left before switching across field to score in the corner in front of the pavillion which was well converted to make it 12-7.

That was how it stayed for much of the remainder of the half until a late penalty kick by O'Connor extended Jersey's lead to 15-7, and that was how it was at the turnaround.

Ealing, playing down the hill in the second half started very brightly, and continued to play expansive rugby, but Jersey's defence held firm. Jersey had a few bright moments of their own and with successive penalties deep in the Ealing half that were kicked to the corner, the home side were pressing hard for their third try. After the third infringement though, O'Connor opted for the posts to make it 18-7.

Ealing responded almost immediately and released Chesters down the left wing to score a converted try in the corner: 18-14.

Suddenly the tide had turned and whilst Jersey continued to press for another score, the final phase was missing, and Ealing then turned defence into attack as Chesters galloped 3/4 the length of the field to score his second try of the afternoon.

Now playing catch up rugby at 18-21 down, Jersey attacked again and got deep into the Ealing half, but again the ball was turned over and with the final move of the game, Henderson scored Ealing's BP 4th under the posts, which was duly converted to make it 18-28.

For full match report, stats and pictures see HERE

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