Jersey won’t fall into Siam Cup trap

JERSEY will be relying on their renowned team spirit as much as professionalism to avoid a Siam Cup upset in Guernsey tomorrow.

Guy Thompson could be one of several new Siam caps
Guy Thompson could be one of several new Siam caps

JERSEY will be relying on their renowned team spirit as much as professionalism to avoid a Siam Cup upset in Guernsey tomorrow.

Having won by a record scoreline last year, against a strangely out-of-sorts Sarnian outfit at St Peter, there would appear to be every chance that some of the National I champions would, sub-consciously at least, take their foot off the pedal this time round.

That fear has been further fed with Guernsey coach Jordan Reynolds emphasising the gap between the two outfits, even though his own side have capped a brilliant few seasons by earning, in some style, promotion to National III.

But Guernsey’s call for a full-strength Jersey side to contest this famous trophy is a more realistic guide to their thought processes. Rugby is regularly described as a desire sport – and they know they have a genuine chance if Jersey don’t turn up mentally prepared for the season’s finale.

No chance of that, insists the man that has led the Island side into the Championship after a dramatic first season in National I, director of rugby Ben Harvey.