Jersey have lift-off

JERSEY’S youngsters are coming of age in the RFU Championship.

Dave Markham, left, and Steve Boden, ground, repel a furious attack from Plymouth Albion’s Rupeni Nasiga during the second half at St Peter. Jersey’s Nicky Griffiths, right, awaits a chance to grab the ball
Dave Markham, left, and Steve Boden, ground, repel a furious attack from Plymouth Albion’s Rupeni Nasiga during the second half at St Peter. Jersey’s Nicky Griffiths, right, awaits a chance to grab the ball

JERSEY’S youngsters are coming of age in the RFU Championship.

Their brutally tough introduction to the second tier of English rugby, following years of virtually uninterrupted glory, has been absorbed and learned from – as was witnessed by another big crowd at St Peter on Saturday.

Their nail-bitingly tense 16-14 eclipse of a good Plymouth Albion outfit, standing fourth in the table before the kick-off, was that extra bit of proof the fans – and possibly themselves – needed. Yes, they can cut it at this level and are now unbeaten in four games, the last three being victories.

The last two of those games – both at a St Peter that is beginning to look an awful lot harder a place visit than it was just a month ago – have yielded two victories and eight points.

Even with just a solitary point gleaned from the previous six Championship matches it is enough to lift Jersey off the bottom of the table, albeit only by a point. Doncaster Knights now sit at the bottom.

Full report and analysis in Monday's JEP