Leeds Carnegie 29 Jersey 1324/11/2013
Jersey battled gamely and harboured hopes of something to show from their match against play-off hopefuls Leeds until the hosts added two late scores in added time.
The Islanders went behind early in the game when former player David Doherty added to the two tries he scored against his ex-club at St Peter last December. But the score by 'Doc' (pictured below) was answered by 'NOC' as Jersey's fly-half stroked over a penalty (5-3).
Leeds' skipper Jacob Rowan was fastest to react when the ball popped out of a ruck, and he was able to force his way over for his team's second try.
Jersey had just two backs on the bench and both were in action early on - Aaron Penberthy replaced Ed Dawson, and was then forced from the field himself with Joel Dudley coming on to play out-of-position at wing.
The visitors went into half-time with morale lifted by a late try by Drew Locke after fine approach work by Mark McCrea, O'Connor's conversion making it 12-10.
Glyn Hughes of Leeds and O'Connor traded early penalties on the resumption and then Leeds thought they'd scored from a lineout, but were called back for a knock-on.
Jersey cleared their lines but penalty offences gave Hughes two more shots at goal and he slotted both to move his team 8 points clear (21-13). McCrea had come closest to adding a second try for Jersey but was hauled down just short, and a barging run by replacement Nick Selway was also halted.
In added time replacement Alex Lozowski made an impact for Leeds, slotting a penalty and then launching a cross-kick from which Josh Griffin scored.
Leeds gained 4 points but actually slipped to 5th in the Greene King IPA Championship table as London Scottish took maximum points from their trip to Ealing, scoring five tries and winning 10-36.
Cornish Pirates ensured the table becomes very congested from 2nd to 5th place, bouncing back from defeat in Jersey to beat Bristol 21-15, scoring 3 tries to 2.
11th-placed Jersey host bottom club Ealing next Saturday at St
Peter, k-o 2.30pm.
Jersey squad v Leeds (A) - November 24th 2013, k-o 3pm
Alex Rae (capt)
Elvis Taione, Nick Selway, Tom Fidler, Dave Markham, James Voss, Joel Dudley, Aaron Penberthy.
Pictures courtesy Leeds Rugby/ Varley Picture Agency