London Scottish 29 Jersey 3


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Jersey travelled to the Athletic ground on a sunny afternoon full of hope, knowing that a win could lift them to 8th in the table, but ultimately left empty-handed.

The Islanders started brightly and on 2 minutes O'Connor stepped up to kick a penalty from just inside the Scottish half to take a 0-3 lead, but that was as good as it got.

London Scottish bounced straight back from the restart with a try by Gidlow that was converted by Millar.

Scottish consistently looked to move the ball quickly through the three-quarters, always looking threatening, putting Jersey under periods of sustained pressure, and also maintaing territorial advantage.

Jersey thought that they had scored when Penberthy touched down, but the referee decided otherwise, adjudging Foster to have been offside when O'Connor delivered the clever crossfield kick that lead to the 'score'.

Scottish extended the lead before the break with a converted Bright try, to make it 12-3 at the turn around.

Jersey started the 2nd period with a renewed sense of urgency, but struggled to break an ever present, solid home defence, and were also unusually and surprisingly under constant pressure in the scrums, often being driven back.

Millar extended the home side's advantage with a cleanly struck penalty before Bright then got his 2nd try of the afternoon, breaking two tackles on his way to the line. Millar converted from out wide and at 22-3 Jersey were in need of inspiration.

Griffiths and the returning Makaafi came on and things did improve, but as the game moved into the last quarter, Mantella intercepted a pass on the half-way and broke to score the bonus point try that was also converted to make it 29-3, and that was how it stayed.

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