Jersey Reds bring down Russia

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JERSEY REDS attracted global attention in Moscow with a memorable triumph over the Russian national side.

Winger Leroy Van Dam, who scored Jersey's first try, claims a high ball under pressure. Photo: Igor Timchenko.

The visitors scored five tries and withstood some considerable second-half pressure to win 35-22 against the country ranked 20th in the World Rugby standings. Russia will face hosts Japan, Ireland, Scotland and Samoa in the 2019 World Cup and on this evidence their status as rank outsiders to lift the William Webb Ellis Cup is justified.

Reds chairman Mark Morgan said: ‘It’s just amazing. The boys put in a tremendous performance, particularly in the second half against a strong side who came back pretty well.

‘Russia have qualified for the World Cup and are ranked 20th in the world, so they’ve clearly got some capabilities, and little old Jersey has beaten them in their back yard. It’s not as if they’ve been travelling here and tripped up on an away tie ... to do it in their own back yard is even more impressive.

‘Once again it’s putting Jersey on the map and happily we have a knack of doing that. It’s absolutely fantastic for the Island and obviously fantastic for the club.’

Full report in Wednesday's JEP.

Jason Fox

By Jason Fox

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