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Gutsy Jersey win clash with Titans

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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

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2 Dave Felton

3 Jon Brennan

4 Nathan Hannay

5 Dave Markham

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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

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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.

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