London Scottish 29 Jersey 313/11/2013
London Scottish 29 Jersey 3
/*report by Ron Felton reproduced by courtesy of Jersey
Evening Post, picture courtesy of London
London Scottish were, as usual, the friendliest of hosts off the
field, but they gave Jersey nothing at all in administering a 29-3
defeat at the Athletic Ground.
Jersey's heaviest defeat of the season was their third consecutive defeat in the Greene King IPA Championship and, with Scottish gaining a bonus point from a four tries to nil success, it was a tough one to take for a large turnout of travelling supporters.
Scottish, always a difficult proposition at home, will now look to push on towards the play-off spots, while Jersey must be wondering what they can do to convert their regular amounts of possession into match-winning points and get away from the foot of the table.
Pointless Ealing are now the only side beneath them, though Jersey are far from isolated from the other sides in the bottom half of the division. Indeed, a win on Sunday could have had them rise three places and to within a couple of points of Scottish themselves.
The Reds started well and took the lead when a penalty awarded from a scrum in the second minute gave stand-off Niall O'Connor the opportunity to rifle the ball over the bar from 40 metres on the right. But Jersey were not to score again, or get little else from referee Tom Foley, who frustrated the Jersey pack with his rulings on the scrum, breakdown and use of advantage for much of the remainder.
Jersey's lead only lasted a few minutes, with Scottish's impressive centre PJ Gidlow finishing a try to the left of the visitors' posts after some intense pressure. Lee Millar added an easy conversion, but didn't add to the score with a penalty near the half-way line minutes later.
Referee Foley ruled out a smart-looking Jersey 'try' by Aaron Penberthy after O'Connor kicked wide to the right, then moments later warned a bemused Jersey skipper Alex Rae over his team's penalty misdemeanours. True to his word, the official then yellow-carded No 8 Tom Brown who was the next to offend the official.
Jersey continued to put on a spirited show when down to 14 men,
but Scottish skipper Mark Bright put his side 12-3 up with a catch
and drive try from close range on 26 minutes.
O'Connor was off target from long range after the Jersey pack won a penalty from the scrum and with Brown now returned Jersey were still well in the game at the break.
Jersey put on phase after phase in an impressive show immediately after the interval, but the lack of a cutting edge - and some superb home defence, it must be said - again left them without reward. A penalty conceded on their 22-metre line gave Millar the opportunity to stretch the Exiles' lead to 15-3.
Jersey's realistic hopes of getting a win from the game ended on 52 minutes when Bright carved his way through the visitors' maul defence, following a line-out, to race clear for his second try on the right. Millar converted and Jersey were heading for their biggest defeat of the season.
The eagerness to get something from the game was still there, and a deal of possession from the line-out gave Jersey the opportunity to exert more pressure, but again without breaking through. The Jersey bench was introduced in hopes of sparking a recovery and although Nicky Griffiths, Latu Maka'afi and James Voss carried well, nothing of note was built on it.
Scottish just bided their time and waited for a mistake, which came when James Williams intercepted in his own half and ran deep into the Jersey half before putting in winger Miles Mantella for an easy score. The conversion made it 29-3 and optimistic hopes of a late rally earning a losing bonus were blown away.
That did not stop the Reds trying, however, with Maka'afi held up over the home line after intense pick-and-go pressure under the posts. That Jersey kept fighting right to the end was, however, the sole consolation for the disappointed Jersey fans, who included three former players from last season, Wasps' Guy Thompson, Saracens' Richard Barrington and Coventry's Barry Davies.
Jersey, forwards: Sean McCarthy, David Felton, Dave Young, Dave Markham, Alex Rae (c), Ben Maidment, Joe Buckle, Tom Brown. Half-backs: Jimmy Williams, Niall O'Connor. Backs: Ed Dawson, Mark McCrea, Grant Pointer, Mark Foster, Aaron Penberthy.
Jersey replacements: Nicky Griffiths for Williams (53), Latu Maka'afi for Brown (53); Locke for O'Connor (64); Voss for Markham (64); Jon Brennan for Young (67); Nick Selway for Felton (73); Tom Fidler for McCarthy (78).
London Scottish: Eric Fry, Adam Kwasnicki, Tom Francis, Paul Spivey, Chevvy Pennycook, David Lyons, Neil Best, Mark Bright; Jordi Herrera Pasqualin, Lee Millar; Miles Mantella, PJ Gidlow, Oliver Grove, Michael Doneghan, Jim Thompson. Replacements: Ted Stagg, Mark Irish (Y78), Alex Karonias, Andy Reay, James Love, Ben Russell.
Man of the match: Pennycook (L Scottish)
Referee: Tom Foley