Plymouth Albion 16 Jersey 2225/10/2014
Jersey finished on top after an attritional cup tie at the
Brickfields, a ground where they are now 'three-from-three.'
The win leaves Jersey with nine points in pool 5 of the British & Irish Cup, level with holders Leinster 'A', who were surprisingly beaten 26-24 by Carmarthen Quins. The Welsh side rallied from a 3-21 deficit and are third in the pool with eight points, while Plymouth have three.
Albion started strongly and after some early pressure
Player-Coach James Shanahan put Marc Koteczky in for a try, however
the full-back could not convert. Jersey responded soon afterwards
with an Aaron Penberthy penalty but Koteczky then found his range
with a kick of his own (8-3).
The home side had more possession and territory for much of the first half, and when Jersey countered a penalty opportunity for Penberthy was missed. It took until the latter stages of the first half for Jersey to get into the game and get more points on the board.
A free-kick to Albion saw the home side opt for a scrum, but this led to a penalty for Jersey and when the ball was kicked for a lineout, Jersey won possession and the ball was worked to Tobias Hoskins to score his first try for the club, with Penberthy adding the extras to put the Islanders in front.
Shanahan, playing his first game since injuring a hamstring at the start of the season, was sent to the sin-bin just before half-time for a deliberate knock-on, and at the same time there was a long injury break with home prop Ted Stagg needing lengthy treatment and eventually being stretchered off. After a long delay Penberthy slotted the resultant penalty and the whistle blew for half-time (8-13).
An early penalty for obstruction saw Penberthy add three points to his team's tally, but while they still had 14 men Albion were right back in it on 48 minutes when Rob Langley scored (pictured below), pouncing on a loose ball after a lineout. Koteczky missed another conversion, but after sustained pressure he was able to kick a penalty and it was level at 16-each.
With around 12 minutes to play Penberthy restored his side's
lead, but after 75 minutes it should have been back to all-square
only for Koteczky to miss a 'gimme' penalty right in front of the
There were chances for both sides in the closing stages but it was Jersey who stretched their lead thanks to Penberthy's drop goal, and the visitors held their lead until the final whistle blow.
The two side will meet twice at St Peter in November - on
Saturday 8th when the Greene King IPA Championship resumes; and on
Friday 28th when the next round of the Cup takes place.
Plymouth Albion: 15 Marc Koteczky, 14 Lewis Warner, 13 Ben Woods, 12 Toby Howley-Berridge, 11 Peter Homan, 10 James Shanahan (YC 39), 9 Josh Davies, 1 James Gibbons, 2 Ted Stagg, 3 Tom Heard, 4 Rhys Oakley, 5 Brett Beukeboom, 6 Herbie Stupple, 7 Rob Langley, 8 Iain Grieve capt
Replacements: 16 Tom Cowan-Dickie, 17 Dan Pullinger, 18 Tom Hicks, 19 Tom Fidler, 20 Eoghan Grace, 21 Cameron Setter, 22 Lawrence Rayner
Jersey: Grant Pointer, Mark Foster, David Bishop, Tobias Hoskins, Mark McCrea, Aaron Penberthy, Joel Dudley; Ignacio Lancuba, Gareth Harris, Danny Herriott, Nick Campbell, Dave Markham, Alex Rae (capt), Joe Buckle, Michael Noone
Replacements: Martin Garcia-Veiga, Jon Brennan, Nick Haining, Ryan Hodson, Ryan Glynn, Lewis Robling, Jack Burroughs
Referee: Greg Macdonald (RFU)
Tries: Koteczky 3, Langley 48
Penalties: Koteczky, 13, 63
Try: Hoskins 36
Conversion: Penberthy 36
Penalties: Penberthy 8, 40, 42, 68
Drop goal: Penberthy 77