Match Reports 2013-14

Guernsey 7 Jersey 38


Jersey won the Siam Cup for a sixth consecutive year, but were
given a testing afternoon by a determined Guernsey side.

The visitors made a strong start, with Mark McCrea going close
only for a knock-on to end the threat. Scrum-half Nicky Griffiths
was a lively presence until being forced from the field around the
20 minute-mark with an injury. Griffiths was involved twice in his
team's opening score, making an initial break and then being on
hand a few seconds later to race down the right. Niall O'Connor

Griffiths and McCrea were again involved in setting up Ed Dawson
for Jersey's second, and an O'Connor cross-kick may have set up the
third but for miscommunication between McCrea and Dawson as the
ball came down near the corner.

As Jersey began to dominate, a punishing series of drives was
soaked up by the tenacious home defence, however something had to
give and eventually Mark Foster crossed.

A number of replacements were introduced early in the second half
but Jersey continued to press and crossed twice from set-piece
lineout drives, Joe Buckle and Sam Lockwood were the scorers.

Arguably the pick of Jersey's tries was the sixth, which came
directly from the kick-off and featured fine interplay from Foster
and replacement James Copsey before Tom Brown galloped down the
touchline to cross in the corner.

While other sides may have wilted after a physical contest played
in warm sunshine, Guernsey continued to play with spirit and
received their just reward when scrum-half Dale Rutledge went over
in the closing stages. The eventual winning margin of 31 points
made light of the three-level gap between the sides in the RFU
pyramid and showed Guernsey will be among the challengers for
promotion to National Two South next season.

Guernsey: Whitehead; J Batiste, McDougall,
Campbell, Taylor; Ball, Rutledge; Craine, Ceillam, L Batiste,
Hillier, Merrien, Thomas, Le Cocq, Barton.
Replacements: Garner, Hobbs, Bellingham, Garner, Dacres,
O'Hanlon, Sayer, Challinor.

Jersey: Burroughs; Foster, Bishop (Copsey),
McCrea, Dawson; O'Connor (Dudley), Griffiths (Williams); McCarthy
(Lockwood), Stratford (Taione), Brennan (capt) (Selway), Rae, Voss
(Markham), Makaafi (Maidment), Buckle, Brown.

Half-time: 0-19
Attendance: 2,000 (est)
Referee: Phil Davies
Assistant Referees: Paul Kimber and Richard


Tries: Griffiths, Dawson, Foster, Buckle, Lockwood,
Cons: O'Connor (2); Dudley (2)

Try: Rutledge
Con: Whitehead

Other matches

Nash Cup
Jersey Wanderers battled back from a 24-7 half-time deficit to
claim the honours in the Veterans match. Jersey's try scorers were
Matt Davenport-Brown, Craig Simeon, Rory Steel and James Milner,
with Darren Toudic adding four conversions, and the final score was

Fallaize Cup
Jersey fielded a 2nd team squad mixing youth and experience, and
although it was the home team who scored first, the men in red
seized control and eventually finished comfortable winners

Ladies Siam
Guernsey led a close contest 8-5 at half-time but eventually
pulled clear to give the hosts their only win of the day by


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