HARVEY BILJON lavished praise on his players after Jersey Reds upset the form book to inflict a first league defeat on Championship leaders Bristol Rugby at Ashton Gate.
Scott Van Breda’s first-half double – either side of tries from Jerry Sexton and Kieran Hardy – cancelled out Steven Luatua’s opener and an Alapati Leiua score midway through the half, to give Jersey an eight-point lead at the interval and secure the bonus-point inside 40 minutes.
Tom Pincus’ interception and a penalty from Brendon Cope – who finished with a faultless 13-point haul from the tee – extended the visitors’ lead, after Jake Woolmore had been sent to the sin-bin.
Bristol hit back with tries from Rhodri Williams and Sam Jeffries, but Jersey held on – despite Jack Macfarlane’s late yellow card – to secure a ninth league win of the season and end Bristol’s 16-match unbeaten run in the competition.
‘I think all of that was a real emotional rollercoaster,’ said Biljon. ‘The highs and lows through that game were just something else.'
Full report and reaction in Monday's JEP.
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