Gutsy Jersey win clash with Titans

JERSEY passed their biggest test of their season to date, with a crucial home victory over Rotherham Titans.

Guy Thompson
Guy Thompson

JERSEY passed their biggest test of their season to date, with a crucial home victory over Rotherham Titans.

The Reds took a major step forward in the battle to survive their first year in the Championship with a tense 13-10 win over the Yorkshire visitors. Jersey are now six points clear of bottom side Doncaster but the Knights do have a game in hand.

Saturday's game was moved to the club's second pitch after Friday night's deluge made the main surface unplayable. The game was also brought froward by 30 minutes due to a lack of suitable floodlights.

The first half finished 3-3 with a Jersey penalty kicked by Michael Le Bourgeois cancelled out by Titans' Garry Law. Late in the half Reds prop Jon Brennan was sin-binned for persistent infringement in the scrum.

Jersey went ahead in the second half after a powerful move by the pack under the posts was finished off by number 8 Guy Thompson. Le Bourgeois converted and later kicked a penalty.

Rotherham replied when Charlie Mulchrone went over but Jersey held on, even after losing Ashley Maggs and Dave Markham to the sin-bin, the latter being sent off with a Rotherham player.

For full report and analysis, pick up Monday's JEP

Jersey squad

1 Sean McCarthy

2 Dave Felton

3 Jon Brennan

4 Nathan Hannay

5 Dave Markham

6 Kingsley Lang

7 Joe Buckle

8 Guy Thompson

9 Nicky Griffiths

10 Mike Le Bourgeois

11 Ed Dawson

12 Tom Cooper

13 Dai Bishop (capt)

14 Ashley Maggs

15 Barry Davies

Replacements

16 Richard Barrington

17 Charlie Clare

18 James Gethings

19 Rob Anderson

20 Eoghan Nihill

21 Dave McCormack

22 Ross Broadfoot

Titans: 15 Fergus Mulchrone, 14 Mike Doneghan, 13 Lee Blackett, 12 Pale Nonu, 11 Eamonn Sheridan, 10 Garry Law (Capt.), 9 Charlie Mulchrone, 1 Marshall Gadd, 2 Ted Stagg, 3 Gareth Denman, 4 Ben Thomas, 5 Dan Sanderson, 6 Latu Makaafi, 7 Joe Ellyatt, 8 Alex Rieder.

Replacements: 16 Harry Hannan, 17 Jamie Kilbane, 18 Ross Davies, 19 Toby Freeman, 20 Rory Pitman, 21 Joel Gill, 22 James McKinney.

Comments for: "Gutsy Jersey win clash with Titans"

jerseyman since 1510

Fantastic win! Remember this lot took 50 Points off us earlier this season. Fully deserved although Rotherham were very dangerous on the break BUT this was the worst referee we have had at this level, rotheram try very suspect, Maggs sending off? If he went the other guy should have gone too. The rotherham guy should have gone for the assault on Markham...so well done guys and isn't it time Lato wore our red again!

Pip Clement

Staying in the Championship is looking like better than evens!

Mark C

Anyone know why Dai Bishop was captain for this game when Nathan was playing? Has he been demoted?

Len

Great win, pity about the referee, he was dreadful, the only consolation was the fact that he was bad for both teams. We could have done with Moseley losing tho but... onwards and upwards.

Punk in Drublic

Yeees!!! Haha - happy days :)

Great effort from the lads - Thomo stands out again, (but don't want to detract from the other guys too, as they all performed really well). Cajoling and motivating the guys, instilling belief, motivating... I'm sure there's more to add but dictionary paralysis has just struck!

No idea why Bish was Captain...

Latu may not be contractually available, but it would be nice, I agree. However, is there space in the squad? Can anyone shed any light on that?

Magga, if you ever read this, don't let that red mist descend like that again - trying to get into the fray while on a yellow could be a red next time :/

As far as the remaining fixtures go (home or away), that kind of performance needs to be repeated. Doncaster are have a game in hand but the points difference should not be taken lightly.

Triple H

Gutsy effort lads but I bet Harvey was surprised to win this one as it wouldn't have been on his list of winable games. I know Jersey were home and have beaten some good sides but they did thump us at their place.

I would imagine Harvey thinks Nathan isn't performing so has stripped him of the captaincy so he can concentrate on his game. Shame really as he leads by example and I thought that was what being a captain was all about.