TRYLIGHTS: Shutout win for Jersey RFC Women

All smiles for Ashling Magner and Jersey RFC Women who continued their march towards league glory Picture: GARRY BOWDEN

JERSEY RFC Women extended their lead at the top of the Women’s NC 2 South East League to 16 points over the chasing pack with an excellent away performance to beat Crawley Ladies 24-0.

Conditions were poor to say the least, with a waterlogged pitch, but coach Simon Le Moignan pronounced himself “very impressed” with how his team coped with the conditions.

He said: “It was an excellent win. The girls did really well and I’m very proud of the performance.

“Their attitude was outstanding and, considering the difficult conditions we faced, I thought we managed the game excellently.

“We played good, solid rugby and I think we used our rugby IQ to outsmart Crawley.

“Defence wins you matches and I don’t think they even got into our half all game.

“With a horrible, slippery ball and a sloped, boggy pitch to contend with, we controlled possession well and thoroughly deserved our win.”

Co-vice captain Ashling Magner was named back of the match after another superb outing at scrum-half. “We’re delighted to get another win under our belt,” she said.

“We took a lot of work-ons from the Seaford game and implemented them really well in this game.

“Laura Turpin controlled the game beautifully from fly-half and Kim Hacquoil made some try-saving tackles at full-back.

“Conditions were really tough, but they were tough for both teams. We had to hit hard, especially in the scrums, but we dominated throughout and we want to keep this momentum up for the remaining games of the season.”

Magner’s co-vice captain, Abbie Syvret, followed on and said: “To keep them pointless at home with the top scorer in the league on their team, it was an amazing defensive performance.

“We adapted our game well and showed good versatility in our output and decision-making.

“We’ve been training hard defensively and it really showed in this game.

The team have embraced every moment playing at CoinShares Park and, with a run of games in Jersey to follow, Le Moignan concluded: “We have four games left now, three of them at home which we’re really excited for.

“The next two matches are home ties for us, and I think if we can get two wins from those then we’ll be in a brilliant position to take the league title.

“The girls have worked so incredibly hard this season. They set the league crown as their target and to be so close is exciting and the girls thoroughly deserve to be in this position.

“We still have a job to do, but we’re edging closer every week.”

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