Reds eye a real cup bonus

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A BONUS-POINT victory over winless Dragons Select on Friday night would guarantee Jersey Reds qualification for the knock-out stage of the British & Irish Cup, and with it another home quarter-final.

Jersey Reds were handed a home quarter-final against Cornish Pirates in last season's British & Irish Cup. The Islanders' ended up reaching the final in Cork, where they were beaten by Munster A Picture: ROB CURRIE (20350533)

The Islanders, beaten finalists in Cork last year, are on the brink of progressing from the pool stage for the third year in succession and a last-eight tie at St Peter would bring a much-needed boost to club coffers.

Although competition rules remain unclear – a dog’s dinner would, perhaps, be a more appropriate description – if Jersey can qualify with the best return of any team (they currently sit second in the overall standings behind Ealing Trailfinders) they are likely to be assured of home matches right through to the final, should they get there.

Given the financial impact of reaching the knock-out stages, and the loss of the end-of-season Championship play-offs this season, Reds chairman Mark Morgan is surprised with some English clubs’ approach to the B&I Cup.

‘We’ve embraced this competition over the past few years,’ he said. 'But I’m not sure we’ve seen other teams change their approach this season.

‘There are incentives for finishing higher in the Championship table but they are not that significant. I honestly believe you can make a lot more money by hosting a home quarter-final in the cup.’

Full story in Thursday's JEP.

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