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Jersey RFC win big in their last home game of the year


Jersey scored eight tries in their convincing win at home against Connaght.

The bonus-point win saw Jersey up to second in pool 5 of this season's B&I Cup after Doncaster won 17-49 against the Dragons Select.

Our Sport reporter Chris Cunningham was at the game:

The islanders didn't have it all their own way however and it was the visiting Eagles who went ahead early in the match through Cillian Gallagher.

However going behind so early seemed to shock the reds into action and when a rolling maul was dragged down, the scores were levelled through a penalty try.

From then on out it was all about Jersey with Tom Howe scoring a hat trick of tries within 10 minutes and Brendan Cope adding one to his name.

The half finished with Jersey having scored five tries, secured a bonus point and looking at what was surely an assured victory.

Connaght came out swinging in the second half their prop Connor Kenny finishing off a flowing team move. The visiting Irishmen showing that complacency would be a big mistake despite the substantial lead.

Some resolute defence by the eagles kept Jersey from scoring for a good part of the second but the dam finally broke when Howe and Jack Moates set up replacement Lewis Robling for the sixth try. The Jersey forwards had the final say, with rolling mauls leading to tries from the back row duo of Gary Graham and James Freeman.

The game finished 52-12 setting up Jersey nicely for their last game of the year against Cornish Pirates in the Championship on the 27th.