HEAD coach Harvey Biljon is demanding more from his Jersey Reds as they prepare for back-to-back clashes with London Irish.
Although they beat a spirited Rotherham Titans 17-9 at St Peter on Saturday, the Islanders were critical of their performance, and Biljon knows his team will need to be at their very best if they are to get the better of unbeaten league leaders Irish on Saturday.
‘First and foremost, very difficult conditions; greasy first half, wind first and second half,’ he said.
‘It’s difficult to control the game in these conditions. We came up against a Rotherham team that put their heart and soul into it – they pushed the boundaries at set piece, at the breakdown and that’s probably the most emotional I’ve seen Rotherham all season; they really came to it.
‘I think confidence and the elements in the second half got us over the line, and a couple of good performances, but there’ll be lots of hard work for us to do before next week.’
In Gloucestershire, Jersey Reds Athletics beat Cinderford 10-5 in the Zoo Sports Shield, and on Sunday Jersey's under-18s scored four second-half tries to secure a 24-3 success over Guernsey in the Sussex Colts Premiership. Tom Coutanche, Marc Davies, Will Le Heuze and Myles Holmes all crossed the whitewash for the juniors at St Peter.
Match reports and reaction in Monday's Final Whistle supplement.
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