Jersey Reds beat Russia on famous night in Moscow

Jersey Reds - of the Championship - have beaten the Russian national team on a famous night for the club in Moscow.

Harvey Biljon's side started strongly but had to fight hard at the death to secure a 35-22 win at the Slava Stadium.

The Reds ran in four first-half tries with Leroy Van Dam, Luc Jones, Greg Dyer and captain Apakuki Ma'afu all crossing.

Russia hit back just before the break to cut the deficit to 16 points, but another try from Auguy Slowik in the second period gave Jersey plenty to hold onto as the home side came at them in the closing stages.

The match was played as part of Russia's preparations for the Rugby World Cup, which starts next month.

The Bears - who are coached by Lyn Jones, father of Jersey scrum-half Luc - are 20th in the men's world rankings and will play Ireland and Scotland among others at the tournament in Japan.

Jersey, meanwhile, are gearing up for another season in English rugby's second tier and have one more friendly to come - against Pro14 side Scarlets - before their competitive opener.

Here is reaction from the historic win for the Reds from their Chairman, Mark Morgan:

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