Jersey 2nds v St Peter's (Cardiff)


Jersey 2nd XV 12 St Peter's RFC 17

Welsh touring side St Peter's provided a stern test for Jersey 2nds, who returned to action after a lay-off caused by the fog which dissuaded Richmond from travelling over at the end of February.

The Cardiff club, who were formed in 1886 and play their league rugby in Division Three South-East in Wales, enjoyed a sociable 48 hours in Jersey but still managed to play rugby to a good standard on a sunny afternoon in the parish that shares their name.

The visitors made most of the early running, forcing Jersey into some fully-stretched defensive efforts, but eventually something had to give and a well-worked lineout move saw Rob O'Brien crash through the Jersey forwards and over.

Trailing 0-5, Jersey showed their intent to play a running game by turning down a kickable penalty and taking an attacking lineout. Centre Mark White came close soon afterwards but an uncharacteristic handling error saw the opportunity missed, while on other occasions promising field positions for Jersey were squandered by a malfunctioning lineout.

The visitors looked likely to score again and were only prevented by a superb cover tackle by Russell Holland, and some infringements from Jersey players that saw referee Olly Gleave issue a team warning to Island skipper Ian Henderson. The next offence saw Richard Stather sin-binned, and St Peter's took advantage, with centre Bryn Evans crossing and James Mullane adding the extras to make it 0-12 at the break.

Needing to score first to make a game of it, Jersey attacked with purpose after the restart. The ball was spun wide by Charlier Hubert to Holland and then to Sam Fuller. The Academy winger was tackled high as he cut inside but was still able to off-load to O'Brien who zipped over the line and under the posts. Hubert converted (7-12).

O'Brien's searing run set up the try of the game soon afterwards. He made some 50 metres before succumbing to a last-ditch tackle. Good support, initially from Ryan Morgan, enabled quick ball to be fed wide and Holland played a 'one-two' with back row colleague Brian Rennison before scoring in the corner and tying the game.

St Peter's rallied and a spell of pressure resulted in their third try, the second by Rob O'Brien, leaving Jersey chasing the game in the closing minutes. Rennison caught the restart and made good ground, but the ball was wrestled from his grasp and the opportunity lost. St Peter's managed to attack into the Jersey half and keep Jersey well clear of scoring range until the final whistle.

The Welsh side chose Brian Rennison as their man-of-the-match, and enjoyed a lively afternoon in the JRFC clubhouse rehydrating and watching the Six Nations games on TV.

Jersey: Danny Curzons, Ed Dingle (Luke Trotter), Jim Brimelow, Ian Henderson, James Voss (Ryan Bisson), Zac Taylor (Bobby Bisson), Russell Holland, Brian Rennision, Brendan O'Brien, Charlie Hubert, Sam Fuller, Richard Stather, Mark White, Ryan Morgan (Mark Livesey), Jim Milner.

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