Jersey 43 Ayr 0


Jersey hit the ground running for 2014/15 with a powerful display to which their Scottish visitors had no answer.

The two sides claimed a home win apiece in the matches they contested in last season's British & Irish Cup, but the latest encounter was largely one-way traffic on a bright and breezy afternoon.

With a solid platform provided by their forwards, Jersey's backs profited out wide, and winger Ed Dawson crossed twice in opposite corners for the Islanders' first tries of the season.

Struggling to compete with their hosts at the set piece, Ayr conceded a yellow card for prop Fraser Watt and then a penalty try for scrum offences. Further pressure shortly before half-time saw centre Drew Locke burst through for a fourth try after strong running from Sam Lockwood and Dave Markham.

Nick Haining, one of 13 players making their Jersey debut, made a fine run to the try-line soon after the resumption but was hauled down just short, while Lewis Robling just failed to pick up a deft grubber kick by Jonny Bentley. But skipper Ryan Hodson finished off two rolling mauls for tries, in between which Kingsley Lang scored after a fine break by Mark McCrea.

Although out-muscled, Ayr continued to play with spirit and came very close to a consolation score after good interplay between David Armstrong and Ben Patterson. Bentley saw yellow for spoiling tactics but the Jersey line remained unbreached.

Harvey Biljon said after the match: "There were lots of positives and one of the things that pleased me most was to see things that we had worked on in training executed in a match situation. Fair play to Ayr, they certainly fronted up in both defence and attack, but we had too much for them and the way we held them out at the end epitomised the spirit in the squad.

"We have a huge test coming next week with a top Premiership team coming over, but my intention remains the same - to give the whole squad game time, test out partnerships and the understanding between the players and prepare ourselves for the start of the Championship season."

Jersey v Bath is next Saturday at St Peter - kick-off is at 3pm. - Tickets are available to purchase ahead of Saturday through the club shop, and will also be on sale on Friday evening at the Bath-B-Q!

Jersey: Bell, Foster (Burroughs 50), Locke (Bentley 41), McCrea, Dawson, Robling (Hoskins 50), Dudley (Glynn 50); Lockwood (Lancuba 41), Garcia-Veiga (Harris 41), Herriott (Williams 41), Phillips, Markham, Haining (Lang 50), Hodson (capt), Maidment (Noone 50).

Ayr: Beckwith, Renwick, Gossman C, Kelbrick (capt), Gossman K, McCluskey Armstrong; Hunter, Scott, Watt, McAlpine, Sutherland, Johnson, Bordill, Macpherson. Rolling replacements: Young, Fenwick, Dunlop, Siwo, Preston, Cooper, Gilmour, Patterson

Referee: John Meredith

Attendance: 1,121
Star Man: Ryan Hodson (Jersey)
Half-time: 26-0

Tries: Dawson 4, 12, Penalty Try 30, Locke 34, Hodson 50, 73, Lang 62
Conversions: Bell 4, 30, 34, 73

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