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Good win for Raiders over Gravesend

Guernsey put in a solid performance in front of their home crowd this afternoon by beating struggling Gravesend 31-3.

A hat-trick by Luke Sayer put the Raiders up 17-3 at the half and there would be no way back for the visitors. Tries for Malagodi and Walters in the second sealing the game.

Guernsey had lost their last two games in a row and were in 6th place in National 3 going into the weekend.


Raiders fall short at home to East Grinstead

Guernsey fell short today at home to visiting East Grinstead, the final score 11-25.

The Raiders went into today's game on a four game winning streak, they were undefeated in 2016 and their last home loss dated back to September last year.

After going behind early the home side finished the half in the lead courtesy to two penalty kicks from Guernsey's n.10 Owen Thomas.

Despite Guernsey's forwards pushing over the line early in the second the half was dominated by East Grinstead. Tries for n.15 Graham Hogg and n. 9 Tom Parker sealed the deal for the visitors.

Guernsey face Westcombe Park away next Saturday.

Jordan Reynolds: drastic changes required to save Siam Cup

Guernsey's Director of Rugby has told ITV News "drastic changes" are required to preserve the future of the Siam Cup.

Jordan Reynolds has warned, without an overhaul over the next couple of years, "there may not be a Siam".

The Raiders boss was speaking in light of changes proposed for this year's competition.

The plans would see Jersey - who have won the last seven Siam Cups in a row - only select players who have been with the club for more than three years.

Reynolds has described the move as a "stepping stone".

However, Jersey RFC's Chairman believes Reynolds' fears about the future of the second oldest competition in British rugby are "premature".

We're doing something which we hope will actually fix what was broken but we will only know this year if it's gone far enough to fix it.

– Bill Dempsey

Dempsey said the future of the Siam Cup will be regularly reviewed with the intention of finding a long term solution which suits both parties.


Jordan Reynolds: 'We can top league'

Guernsey's Director of Rugby, Jordan Reynolds, has told ITV News they "would be top" of National 3 if they could regularly repeat the standard of performance they produced on Saturday.

The Raiders were in fine form as they beat promotion contenders Westcombe Park 16-13.

A late drop goal from fly-half, Owen Thomas, sealed a dramatic victory for the hosts.

Reynolds said:

If we can perform like that every week we would be top [of the league] - there is absolutely no hands down about that. We had to beat a really good Westcombe Park side, so it gives us a lot of confidence that we can do it. One of the hardest things for any coach is to try and find your team glimpses of hope - of what the potential is - and I think we went a long way to show that.

– Jordan Reynolds

Lewis Hillier and Adam Nixon scored a try in either half to help Guernsey to victory.

They now sit fifth in the National 3 table.

Reynolds names Siam Cup side

Credit: Guernsey RFC

Guernsey RFC boss Jordan Reynolds will give four players their first taste of the Siam Cup as they attempt to shock holders Jersey at St Peter on Saturday.

Matt Hema, Glen Walters, Ned Brown and flanker Greg Smith have all been included for the first time as Guernsey look to win the trophy for the first time since 2008.

For Hema it will be his last game for the club before leaving to join Bury St Edmunds who were recently promoted from National 3.

It’ll be a typically stiff test for Guernsey against Harvey Biljon’s side, who recorded their highest ever finish in the Championship by beating Moseley on Saturday.

Meanwhile the Sarnians survived relegation by winning sevenof their last nine games.

Guernsey RFC XV v Jersey: Sayer, Hema,Brown, Campbell (c), Davison, Walters, Barnes, Craine, Ceillam, Batiste,Hillier, Merrien, Smith, Thomas, Barton.

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