Home-tie target for Jersey Reds
A HOME quarter-final remains the ambition for Jersey Reds in this season’s Championship Cup, although director of rugby Harvey Biljon knows there’s still plenty of work to do.
Following Saturday’s 27-17 win over Doncaster Knights, the Reds finished the fourth round of pool games in this season’s competition ranked fifth in the overall standings; with the coveted home draws going to the top four after round six, two more wins are likely to be required to ensure the knock-out stage will commence on home turf.
For the time being Biljon was content to have claimed maximum points, and deny pool rivals Doncaster anything from their trip, ensuring that the Reds went above their opponents in the standings, with a 12-10 advantage on points.
‘We didn’t have many opportunities, especially in the first half, but when we got into the right positions, we scored, and I thought that was the big difference.
‘It was a pretty physical encounter, and I was pleased that we put pressure on the Doncaster lineout and forced them to change how they were playing.
‘I’m very happy with five points, although there still areas we need to work on, notably our discipline. We need to move on quickly from this game and focus on Hartpury at home next Saturday, which is a really important game.’
Biljon’s disciplinary concerns related to two more yellow cards, taking his side’s average for the season so far to more than one per game, and the concession of 15 penalties during Saturday’s match.
More in Monday's JEP.
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