HARVEY BILJON was delighted to come away from the Mennaye Field with a win for Jersey on what was his fourth visit as the Reds’ head coach.
After a pointless first half in Penzance Jersey prop Sean McCarthy forced himself across the whitewash to hand the visitors the lead - an advantage extended by Callum Sheedy's conversion. Kyle Moyle reduced the deficit for Pirates, but replacement kicker Will Cargill's attempt to add the extras fell short and Bijon's men held on for a 7-5 success.
‘I must admit I was surprised when Pirates won the toss and chose to have the wind at their backs in the first half, we were expecting the opposite, and to keep them scoreless before the break was key for us,’ he said.
‘We had to work very hard and managed to get more control of the game, although the period of pressure around the hour mark was one I would have liked to have had more than seven points to show for it.
‘It was a very difficult day and I’m proud of the players – it wasn’t a day for the backs, but the control of the game showed by 21-year-old half-backs [Hardy and Sheedy] was impressive, and the back three also played a part in dealing with their kicking game – overall I’m very pleased with the win.’
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