Jersey suffer heavy defeat to Leeds

LEEDS exacted revenge on Jersey for their league defeat before Christmas with a strong performance in Saturday's British & Irish Cup game at St Peter.

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LEEDS exacted revenge on Jersey for their league defeat before Christmas with a strong performance in Saturday's British & Irish Cup game at St Peter.

The visitors won 27-12, although neither side can progress from the pool stage. Jersey had another poor start and better second half, but they could not overturn a 22-0 lead at the half-way point.

Jersey winger Chris Levesley was stretchered off the pitch after 25 minutes with a shoulder injury and subsequently went to hospital but it is hoped the injury is not serious.

Read full match report in Monday's JEP

Comments for: "Jersey suffer heavy defeat to Leeds"

Simple Sid

Really need to look for a new coach instead of continually making excuses

JDG

This was the first game of the season where I was dissapointed. In every loss that I have seen jersey face this season I have at least been able to say I saw them give their best. Yesterday the team arrived on the pitch in what can only described as a lack luster way. As the game progressed it seemed to myself and those standing around me that the Jersey players were not hungry for a win. They appeared to those standing around me to lack passion. There appears to be little stability in team selection and Ben Harvey has yet to find a winning combination and the repeated changes to the team do not allow for any growth. The passion and drive that took us to the top of league 1 needs to be found again. I would ask Ben Harvey to look at what he did well last season, look at the players that served him well and decide if the way forward is truly bringing in short term loan signings or to trust in the spirit and ability already in the island and let the team build again the pride that wearing a Jersey rugby top brought last season.

Nick

"I would ask Ben Harvey to look at what he did well last season, look at the players that served him well and decide if the way forward is truly bringing in short term loan signings or to trust in the spirit and ability already in the island and let the team build again the pride that wearing a Jersey rugby top brought last season."

Oh codswallop. You clearly have no idea. The players who helped win the title last season clearly are not good enough at this level. Its a completely different standard and having 'pride in the jersey' (of Jersey) is going to do little but mean the team will fight hard but be totally outclassed.

The teams at this level, tend to have players from all over the UK and abroad - its the only way you will compete - sorry but thats professional rugby. If you want to see a local side then watch the the seconds.

Pistonbroke

A league too far maybe but nothing ventured nothing gained. With the depth that we now have we owe it to the youngsters to give them our full support. We must not stop building team spirit, discipline and ambitions.We must not tolerate detractors. When, as a child, I first played rugby at St Peter it was on a cattle field with a Shamrock coach parked at one end . The first clubhouse was not built until a very fine gentleman got his friends to dip there hands into their pockets. As a club it was a typical Jersey cosmopolitan composition. South Africans, English , Scots, even a few Welsh and some of us Jersey guys of several origins . It was also a classless mixing pot, we only had one thing in common and that was the love of Rugby. In the Jersey for hundreds of years, people have come here to better themselves and that is the spirit of our club which I am sure will continue.

Come on Jersey, PUSH--------

colonel

It's getting depressing to watch. There is only one person responsible for last season's success - and this seasons's failure. Ben Harvey. He's clearly out of his depth at this level and, until he goes, we will continue to sink. He chooses the line-up - it's his fault if it fails. He should have been dismissed months ago - it's probably too late now to avoid relegation.

Nick - you claim people with ideas contrary to your own 'have no idea'. May I suggest the person with no idea can be found in your mirror.

Punk in Drublic

I'm afraid I have to agree with Sid and JDG on a couple of aspects. I've also seen a comment on another article about the possibility that Ben Harvey has reached his tactical limit. Comments please?

There was a clear lack of passion from some of the players - no names - and an apparent lack of defensive properties too, from one or two.

Perhaps this is due to the lack of continuity as the team is chopped and changed too much?

OK so this was a game that holds no value in terms of B&I or Championship, but I would have hoped that instead of putting out an almost completely changed side, continuity would have re-lit some impetus and belief.

I can't see the reason for having changed so many, despite Ben saying that some did not perform last week (true for some players - they know who they are) and others need to earn their places. That can be said at any level of the game but continuity is key, surely?

The guys who were on the pitch and the bench are all more than capable in skill and physical terms (except perhaps the aforementioned defensive hicups). That needs to be recognised. Which leads me back to the coach. Not looking for a fall guy, but who/where/what is the root cause of the problems here? Baffled...

It was a rather subdued atmosphere amongst us supporters too, who didn't really get behind the team as vociferously as usual - so come on supporters - more noise required and all positive please (unlike the occasional presence of a beer fueled fool who graces the balcony and loudly castigates the boys on the pitch. Regulars will know who I'm on about...)

Anyway, that's the end of this rant/diatribe you'll be glad to know...

Go on Jersey, Rotherham awaits a spanking on home turf.

Anon

The local players are clearly no more out of their depth than most of the 'foreign players'. Ben Harvey has picked local players but he has chopped and changed the team from week to week. Felton, Dawson, Le Bourgeois, Trower, Maggs have all played this season.

Some local players are clearly good enough and some are not. I think one of the issues is with with the team being changed from week to week.

It's fine to bring in players from the UK and elsewhere but they need to be better than the players they are brought in to replace, which I'm not convinced is the case for the large part.

Anon

Maggs isn't local. You get the point though

Triple H

It's a bridge too far for Ben and the boys I'm afraid. I wouldn't like to say how to take the club forward but everyone has their limits and it's becoming clear the Championship isn't it!

So, moving forward, what do people want to see? It's been a great ride over the last few years but is it time to reflect and then give it another go in another decade or so.

One gripe I do have is why has Harvey bought in a back row for a month but he can only play two games max. Not able to play in the B&I Cup which took place on Saturday (and again this weekend) and what has happened to Trower?

Pip Clement

I sincerely hope that Jersey manages to scrape a few wins and avoids relegation but it is going to be a tough fight and we are sitting too close to the door! :-)

Jersey Steve

I too watched the game on Saturday, and quite frankly felt like I had wasted the £15.00 entry. Jersey played with little go forward, the tactical kicking, and sorry to say goal kicking was second rate and once again we missed tackle after tackle. The line-outs were lost too frequently, though at least the SCRUM held up. The ONLY real positive to come out of the game on Saturday was that we managed to survive 80 minutes without a yellow card, but to be honest if that's the only positive, we are in a lot of trouble. I wonder if the boys treated it like a game that 'didn't matter' as we aren't going to go anywhere else other than bottom in the cup table.

Time for a change of coach I think.

All the best to Chris, and I hope he recovers quickly!

Punk in Drublic

Triple H...

Apparently Barrel has a hip problem that has effectively ruled him out for the rest of the season.

A decade is far too long to wait - something has to happen in the next 2 weeks on my view

Punk in Drublic

Doh!!

nothing else to add really...

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