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Rough day out for Reds

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JERSEY REDS director of rugby Harvey Biljon was a disappointed man following his team’s lacklustre performance against London Scottish on Saturday.

Kyle Hatherell scored the first of Jersey's tries at St Peter on Saturday, but the Islanders had already blown any hope of securing a Championship victory over London Scottish Picture: ROB CURRIE (23853003)

Unforced errors were the Reds’ biggest problem in a 24-14 defeat, with the visitors scoring all three of their tries off the back of home mistakes.

Scottish gave a masterclass in defence and covered the pitch brilliantly to snuff out any attacking opportunities for the Reds’ potent wide men.

Kyle Hatherell and Mark Best both scored in the final 20 minutes, but there was too much to do from 17-0 down at half-time.

‘It was a very frustrating day,’ said Biljon. ‘A lot of things didn’t function. Our lineout didn’t work, our execution out of hand didn’t work.

‘I’ve not seen that many unforced errors from a Jersey team in some time. We have got some serious work to do and a few issues that we need to address.’

Despite a late fightback in which they scored two converted tries, Jersey failed to secure a point in their first league defeat at Stade Santander since February 2018.

Biljon said: ‘Let’s be honest with ourselves, people will ask if we are pleased that we won the second half, I say absolutely not. We have not got a single point at home. You put that many points on a team early, they aren’t going to come back from it very easily.’

Match report in Monday's JEP.

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