Jersey hunting win on home patch


Ben Harvey continues to tinker with his best outfit, making five changes to his starting line-up for Jersey's return to St Peter after two weeks on the road with the arrival and challenge of Cornish Pirates (Kick Off 15:00).

Ed Dawson

The Islanders will be hoping for a strong home crowd to roar them on to an important victory against Ian Davies' Pirates who sit fifth in the league standings.

Harvey makes three changes in the backs with Nicky Griffiths replacing Jimmy Williams in the nine jersey, Drew Locke given the chance at full-back and the instrumental Dai Bishop returning from injury to line-up at the familiar inside centre position.

There are only two changes in the pack as Nick Campbell also recovers from injury to start at second row next to skipper Alex Rae, whilst Latu Makaafi, who impressed on the bench against London Scottish, starts at blindside flanker have shaken off a broken jaw. Ben Maidment makes the move to eight where he is equally comfortable and played most of his time at Pirates.

At prop Sean McCarthy and David Young both continue their impressive form having shared the Azure Trust Man of the Match Award last weekend as the scrum remains a valuable asset of the Jersey artillery.

Harvey fields another strong replacements bench, including the now versatile Nick Selway who will cover both hooker and tight-head prop. Islander' James Voss again makes the 22 as the DoR names a 4:3 split on the substitutes bench. Aaron Penberthy completes the former Pirates contingent in the Jersey squad as no less than six ex-Penzance based players are named to face their former Club. 

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Jersey RFC starting line-up:

15 Drew Locke, 14 Mark McCrea, 13 Grant Pointer, 12 Dai Bishop, 11 Ed Dawson, 10 Niall O'Connor, 9 Nicky Griffiths, 1 Sean McCarthy, 2 David Felton, 3 David Young, 4 Nick Campbell, 5 Alex Rae ©, 6 Latu Makaafi, 7 Joe Buckle, 8 Ben Maidment.

Replacements: Tom Fidler, Nick Selway, James Voss, Tom Brown, Jimmy Williams, Aaron Penberthy, Mark Foster.


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