Rugby: Jersey Reds repel Pirates to land British and Irish Cup semi-final spot
Jersey repel Pirates again to reach cup semi-finals
JERSEY REDS put on an emphatic first-hour display to blast their way into the British and Irish Cup semi-finals with a 36-20 win at St Peter on Friday evening.
Facing old rivals Cornish Pirates for the second time in six days – having won 7-5 in the Championship in Cornwall – Jersey's fans were expecting another tight contest, but instead saw their favourites put the result to bed within an hour when they led 29-6. That was soon stretched to 36-6, before Pirates staged a late, two-try, period of play to finish up with a more respectable scoreline.
Jersey scored four tries before Pirates' late, forlorn revival. Winger Nick Scott opened with the best of them, zipping over in the left-hand corner on 11 minutes to put the Reds 8-3 up after the two No 10s, Will Cargill of Pirates and Callum Sheedy of Jersey, had swopped early penalty successes. Cargill kicked Pirates to within a couple of points of their hosts, but that was as good as it got for the Cornishmen, former winners of the British and Irish Cup.
Sheedy kicked another two penalties which, along with his conversion of a penalty try on the half hour, put Jersey 21-6 up at the break.
Man-of-the-match Joel Dudley showed great instincts to score in the corner from the back of a close-range scrum to take Jersey further away, while his subsequent replacement, Tonga scrum-half Sami Fisilau, scored the fourth by the posts deep into the final quarter. Converted by Lewis Robling, who also bagged a penalty, that had Jersey coasting along at 36-6.
Late tries from No 8 Tom Duncan and replacement prop Paul Andrew, both converted by scrum-half Alex Day, could not disguise the fact that Pirates had been well beaten, leaving play-off rivals Jersey as the first side to reach the last four of the cup.
Other ties taking place this weekend are Ealing v Scarlets Premiership Select, London Irish v Yorkshire Carnegie and Munster A v Ulster A.
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