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Reds 'punished' in second-largest home defeat

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AFTER Jersey Reds suffered a fourth home loss in five games, director of rugby Harvey Biljon knows something has to change as they look ahead to their last two games.

Jersey Reds prop Roy Godfrey is stopped in his tracks by a ruthless Ealing defence at Stade Santander Picture: RON FELTON

Championship title contenders Ealing Trailfinders inflicted a painful 45-14 defeat on the Islanders at Stade Santander – the biggest tally scored against them at home in their seven seasons in the Championship – and Biljon blamed a lack of accuracy for such an embarrassing scoreline.

‘There’s not an awful lot I can say about a performance like that,’ he said. ‘We didn’t turn up with accuracy, which is disappointing as it is something we have tried to work on, and against a good team like that you will be punished, and we were.

‘Credit must go to Ealing. They totally outplayed us today and we are disappointed in ourselves for putting in a performance like that in front of our home crowd.

‘Right now we have to reset and be ready to go again. We have a big game against Nottingham, so we have to put this behind us and prepare for that, we can’t let it get to us, but equally we have to take ownership of our mistakes.’

With the Stade’s reputation as a fortress waning, Biljon will no doubt look to his charges for a big reaction in their final home fixture against Coventry in a fortnight. But, as ever, his focus remains solely on next week’s Nottingham trip. Only time will tell how the Reds will respond.

Match report in Monday's Final Whistle.

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