Red-hot Reds do it in style

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JERSEY’S coaches were given a huge slice of the credit for Saturday’s splendid, bonus-point victory over Bedford, which resulted in the Reds going third in the table, two points behind second-placed Ealing and five points clear of the chasing pack.

It was again a sumptuous show of all-round rugby, with the confidence and patience shown when under the cosh from a dangerous Bedford team, turned into exhilarating attack from anywhere on the park.

Jersey scrum-half Will Homer, enjoying an excellent run of personal form, was delighted with the team’s performance, saying: ‘I think we learned from our mistakes last week and we certainly trained hard to correct them.

‘They still put us under a lot of pressure but we found ways to counter that. There’s a reason Bedford were third in the table – they are a great side with dangerous backs. But we never dropped our heads or panicked and stuck to our game plan and it paid off.’

Responding to a comment about the consistently high-standard of counter-attacking Jersey are producing, Homer replied: ‘It’s the way we are coached during the week ... we’re not coached to play like robots we’re coached to play what we see, so we’ve got our exit strategies in place, but opportunity overrides systems – so we’re going to back ourselves to go for it.

‘I came here because I wanted more game time and to challenge myself and improve myself. I think I’ve come on a huge amount from when I left my last club – I think that’s credit to the coaches and the way they have built the culture of the team. We back ourselves with confidence.’

Full report and reaction in Monday's JEP.

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