Jersey fly north ahead of Titans clash06/02/2015
After clinching their first Championship win in Yorkshire in six attempts in their last away game, Jersey are looking for more of the same this weekend.
The Islanders won 19-26 at Castle Park, Doncaster three weeks ago, and this Saturday they will run out at Clifton Lane in Rotherham hoping to continue recent good form. As well as the victory over the Knights, Jersey edged a tight encounter against Nottingham by 12-10 last Saturday, and also gave Bristol a tough battle at St Peter before losing out at the death.
The starting line-up shows three changes from the XV who started the win against Nottingham. Grant Pointer's absence with a shoulder injury means Aaron Penberthy is selected at full-back, while the other changes are among the forwards. Nick Haining and Pierce Phillips are unavailable after being forced to leave the field last weekend and are replaced by Michael Noone and Paula Kaho, who come into the back row while skipper Alex Rae reverts to second row.
The Jersey bench features a recall for David Bishop and a first selection for new arrival Gary Graham, the 'back five' forward signed this week from Gala in Scotland. Jersey's other new signing, former Bristol threequarter Fautua Otto, has to wait to make his debut while registration formalities are completed.
Jersey have emerged victorious from just one of their five games against the Titans, the 16-13 win at St Peter in January 2013. Earlier that season Rotherham scored six of a total of 10 tries at Clifton Lane, beating Jersey 54-31, while in 2013/14 the Titans' march to the play-offs featured a double over the Islanders, winning 25-16 at home and 22-35 away (click on scorelines for the relevant match report).
The most recent match-up between the sides was at St Peter in September, when Jersey's 10-5 half-time lead was obliterated by the visitors, who moved 22 points clear at one stage before Jersey fought back to make the final score 29-32.
To access a video clip of the squad announcement, see HERE
Jersey squad v Rotherham 'A' - Greene King IPA Championship, Saturday February 7th, Clifton Lane - k-o 2pm
Alex Rae (capt)
The Greene King IPA Championship this weekend
See HERE for full preview of the weekend's action
Away from the Championship, Jersey Athletic travel to Ampthill for a Zoo Sports Shield match. And of course it's the RBS 6 Nations, starting tonight (Friday) with Wales v England - the opening game will be shown in the JRFC Pavilion from 7.30pm (k-o 8.05pm)