Jersey head for Cup crunch with Blues

10/03/2016

Jersey head to Bedford this Friday night aiming to extend their British & Irish Cup run into further unchartered waters.

To reach the B&I semi-finals, the Reds will need to inflict a third defeat of the season on the Blues. Just four weeks ago Jersey battled back from a 12-point half-time deficit to win 18-25 at Goldington Road, while in October the Islanders achieved a 34-27 victory at St Peter, with each side claiming a bonus point in a game featuring seven tries.

Bedford Blues

Friday's game will be Jersey's first knock-out match in a cup competition they are entering for the fourth time this season. The 2015/16 campaign began disappointingly, with a home draw against Doncaster Knights and a last-gasp defeat to the Dragons Select XV in south Wales, but four straight wins in their remaining pool matches saw the Reds seal a quarter-final berth.

Head Coach Harvey Biljon has made just a single change to his starting XV from the unit that registered an impressive 15-22 Championship win at Nottingham last Friday. Club captain Alex Rae returns to the back row, with Nick Haining moving across to number 8 and Uili Kolo'ofa'i switching to the bench.

Among Jersey's replacements are two players set to return after being absent through injury since Jersey's visit to Bristol six weeks ago: flanker Gary Graham and three-quarter Fautua Otto.

The winner of the quarter-final tie will go on to play an away semi-final against either Moseley or Yorkshire Carnegie the following weekend. Later in March, Jersey's next home tie will be the Championship clash against London Scottish, which will be played on Good Friday, March 25th, kicking off at 3pm.

To see the preview of all four quarter-final ties, see HERE

Jersey squad v Bedford Blues (A) - British & Irish Cup Quarter-Final, Friday March 11th, Goldington Road, k-o 7.45pm

Backs (15-9)
Ross Adair
Tom Howe
Oli Evans
Lewis Robling
Rich Lane
Brendan Cope
Joel Dudley

Forwards (1-8)
Sam Lockwood
Joe Buckle
Simon Kerrod
Nick Campbell
Pierce Phillips
Alex Rae (capt)
James Freeman
Nick Haining

Replacements
Sean McCarthy
Nick Selway
Danny Herriott
Uili Kolo'ofa'i
Gary Graham
Jack Moates
Fautua Otto

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