‘We have to do something different’
HARVEY BILJON has handed his players an new-look task sheet this week as Jersey Reds attempt to level the scores with Ealing Trailfinders.
The two clubs have met three times already in what is set to be the Islanders’ best ever season as a professional outfit, but Biljon’s men are at risk of being on the wrong end of a Championship double having lost 19-14 at Vallis Way in December.
The Londoners – on course to finish as clear runners-up to London Irish in the second tier – also won one of the two Championship Cup group-stage fixtures between the sides and Jersey’s director of rugby now believes an adjusted approach is required to deny their former relegation rivals further joy.
‘We have played them three times,’ said Biljon. ‘They would have done their analysis on us, so we have to come up with something different.
‘We have got a different strategy and game plan for this weekend – something the players have bought in to – and we have prepared well. The supporters will have seen our endeavour to play this season, but this time there will probably be a different strategy around what we do at different times in different areas of the pitch.’
Jersey require just two more league points from three games to guarantee a top-four finish, following two consecutive fifth-place finishes.
Full preview in Friday's JEP.
Jersey Reds (1-15): Roy Godfrey, Jack Macfarlane, Leeroy Atalifo, Jerry Sexton, Dave Mckern, Kyle Hatherell, Conor Joyce, Janco Venter; Liam Howley, Aaron Penberthy; Jason Worrall, Mark Best, Apakuki Ma’afu, Leroy Van Dam, Brett Herron. Replacements: Nick Selway, Harry Morley, Sam Rodman, Rory Bartle, Jake Upfield, Will Homer, James Newey.
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