Jersey 40 Moseley 2125/04/2015
Five tries in a stunning first-half display paved the way to a win that gave Island supporters a strong finish to the 2014/15 league campaign, delighting another 2,000-plus crowd at St Peter.
Jersey registered their first bonus point victory in 33 Championship matches on home soil and in the process were able to leapfrog the Cornish Pirates and finish seventh in the end-of-season rankings.
"We'd suffered badly with injuries but the players stayed focused and had targeted a five-point win," said a happy Head Coach Harvey Biljon. "The second half did get loose although you shouldn't underestimate Moseley's fight."
Jersey's rolling maul threatened the visitors from an early stage and eventually brought a try for Ryan Hodson. Winger Fautua Otto also showed his pace and finishing skill with a try after good work by Harry Williams, Drew Locke and Dave Markham, while Sam Lockwood barged over from close range after taking a pass from Jonny Bentley.
Jersey were dominant in all areas at this stage, including the scrum and the breakdown and the visitors had little answer.
After 30 minutes, persistent offending meant a yellow card for Moseley prop Tom Warren, and straight away Hodson scored a second try from a rolling maul. Soon afterwards Bentley jinked his way through a gap and fed Otto for the wing's second try.
A rout was on the cards, but the visitors came out with purpose after the break, winning a series of penalties and eventually Tom Owen broke through for a try. Moseley continued to compete and further well-worked tries from Josh Skelcey and Caolan Ryan narrowed the deficit to 12 points before Joel Dudley's late try completed the scoring - the replacement scrum-half took a kick out of defence by Moseley and raced over in the corner.
Moseley Head Coach Kevin Maggs admitted his team had lacked intensity after the decisive victory over Plymouth Albion last weekend that ensured his side's Championship survival.
"We'd had a cup final and put a lot of energy and emotion into the Plymouth game, which left us a bit flat and dejected," he said.
Jersey have just one more match to round out the season, the
2015 Ipes Siam Cup match against Channel Island rivals Guernsey
JERSEY: Penberthy (Burroughs 79), Dawson (Hoskins 64), Locke, Robling (Bishop 53), Otto, Bentley, Fisilau (Dudley 67); Lockwood (Lancuba 53) Garcia-Veiga (Selway 67), Williams, Campbell, Markham, Rae (c), Hodson, Kaho. Not used: Haining
MOSELEY: Penn (Thomas 60), Cheshire, Owen, Ryan, Skelcey, Olver, Brazier; Warren (Voisey 51), Tolmie (Lea 67), Gardiner, Charlton, Dacres (Siggery 67), Hone (Mason 63), Nutley, Lawrence. Not used: Brightwell, Brown
REFEREE: David Proctor (RFU)
Man-of-the-match (as chosen by match sponsor Nautilus Trust): Paula Kaho (Jersey)
Half Time: 33-0
Tries: Hodson 9, 31, Otto 16, 36, Lockwood 26, Dudley 78
Conversions: Penberthy 9, 26, 31, 36, 78
Tries: Owen 53, Skelcey 66, Ryan 69
Conversions: Olver 53, 66, 69