News 2014-15

Preview to Rotherham (H) 27.09.14


Back-to-back wins - probably not as easy as

After being granted the less-than-plum late January slot for
their previous trips to Jersey, Rotherham's players and supporters
will emerge blinking into the sunlight for a late summer fixture
against the Island side.

Based on previous experience, even the rugged northerners must
have been planning to pack thermals and sou'westers for the trip,
but happily neither should be necessary; Jersey was officially in
drought for around a week in the middle of this month, and although
it has since rained once or twice, September could yet be the
driest on record. Saturday looks dry and bright with a forecast
high of 22c.

Rotherham's first trip to the Island in January 2013 saw the
match played on the reserve pitch 2 at St Peter following incessant
rain across most of December and January. It's fair to say the
switch didn't delight the visiting party, especially when they were
defeated 13-10. The 2013/14 season was little drier, but remedial
drainage work meant the main pitch was in decent shape for a
contest the Titans won 22-35, displaying some scintillating rugby
along the way.

The Yorkshire side made it through to the play-offs last season,
and are determined to back up this achievement with another
top-four spot this time around. London Scottish may have something
to say about that, and defeated the Titans 32-23 at the RAG on the
opening Saturday of the season, but Roth have since recovered with
two wins, a thumping 15-42 success at Bedford and a less convincing
home victory over Plymouth Albion by 30-25.

Talking of backing up, Jersey will be looking to do just that
after a stunning 12-39 win at Nottingham last Sunday. Jersey have
only once recorded back-to-back league wins since joining the
Greene King IPA Championship two years ago, with wins at St Peter
over London Scottish and Plymouth Albion in October/November 2012.
A win on home soil would really leave the Island players and
supporters in the pink, but will be a tough task against one of the
league's most formidable sides.

Abc Team Shot Sml

Jersey will take the field in an unfamiliar colour, with a
one-off pink strip (pictured above) produced by kit
supplier Kukri as part of a special charity fund-raising day. Local
charity After Breast Cancer will be the beneficiary from the event,
which will adopt a pink theme throughout, with discounted admission
for female supporters who wear pink, shirt auctions, bucket
collections and other activities to raise funds for this excellent

News from the Jersey camp

Scrum-half Ryan Glynn has been recalled by Head Coach Harvey
Biljon for this weekend's game, having been ill and forced to miss
last Sunday's trip to Nottingham.

The switch at number 9 is the only alteration to the Jersey
starting XV, with the other change being on the bench, where David
Bishop is selected ahead of Grant Pointer as Jersey retain a 4:3
split of forwards and backs among the replacements.

Biljon said his squad were determined to follow-up the success
at Meadow Lane on home soil.

"We must go out with the aim of backing up one good result with
another," he said. "Not many of our supporters were able to make it
to Nottingham, but the backing we had from everyone who followed
the game on the radio or via social media was fantastic - now it's
time to show them what we can do at St Peter."

Jersey squad v Rotherham (H) GKIPA Championship, Saturday
September 27th, k-o 3pm

1.     Ignacio Lancuba
2.     Martin Garcia-Veiga
3.     Harry Williams
4.     Pierce Phillips
5.     Alex Rae (capt)   
6.     Nick Haining
7.     Ryan Hodson
8.     Michael Noone
9.     Ryan Glynn
10. Jonny Bentley
11. Jack Burroughs
12. Lewis Robling
13. Drew Locke
14. Mark Foster
15. Tommy Bell

16. Gareth Harris
17. Danny Herriot
18. Dave Markham
19. Paula Kaho
20. Joel Dudley
21. Mark McCrea
22. David Bishop

Any previous (click for match report)

September 2012 - Rotherham 54 Jersey 31
January 2013 - Jersey 13 Rotherham 10
October 2013 - Rotherham 25 Jersey 16
January 2014 - Jersey 22 Rotherham

Rotherham: a potted history

Roth Logo

Formed: 1923

Back in the day: the club were of 'no fixed abode' until
they settled at Clifton Lane in the late 1930s

Famous sons: current Moseley Head Coach and 70-times
Ireland cap Kevin Maggs, Spanish wing Oriol Ripol, Irish scrum-half
Guy Easterby, plus Henry Paul, John Bentley and Dave Scully.
14-times-capped Samoan Mike Umaga played 123 times for Roth, later
becoming Player-Coach

Jersey connection: not too many players have represented
both sides, an exception being Tongan flanker Latu Makaafi, who is
now with Doncaster

League history: Rotherham were in North-East Division One
- level 8 - for the first season of league rugby in 1987/88. Seven
promotions in 13 seasons saw the club reach the Premiership by
2000. Two seasons at the top level both ended with relegation, and
the club have been settled in the Championship since 2004/05

The Greene King IPA Championship this

Bristol v London Scottish, Friday 7.45pm
Plymouth Albion v Bedford, Saturday 3pm
Worcester v Nottingham, Saturday 3pm
Yorkshire Carnegie v Doncaster, Sunday 2.30pm
Cornish Pirates v Moseley, Sunday 3pm

See HERE for the full

And Finally

Although Jersey Athletic are without a game this weekend, there
will be two matches at St Peter on Sunday. Jersey Ladies take on
Oakmedians at 1pm, while Jersey Buccaneers against Beeches kicks
off an hour later





12 Oct 2023


Why not come and chillout in the ‘Watering Hole’ before the game? A full-bar and food is available and you can enjoy some live music after the game.

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