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Big Start Needed - Rae
ALEX Rae admits his new-look Jersey side will have to hit the ground running, after a breakthrough season for the club in the Greene King IPA Championship last year.
Biljon - Feet On Ground
JERSEY may have just enjoyed their finest Greene King IPA Championship campaign in recent memory, but head coach Harvey Biljon insists they will not be getting carried away as they gear up for next season.
Plymouth Albion - At Brickfields
Jersey have always won at Brickfields but not on Saturday where we contrived to outscore Albion by three tries to two and dominate possession but lost the match by a single point and given what that cracking club has been through this season I don't begrudge them the four points they so desperately needed.
Jersey's best ever result at Clifton Lane and but for the referee failing to give Jersey a clear scrum penalty 25m out at the end we could easily have ended up with an unlikely win. It would have been more than harsh on Roth if we had won however as they dominated 80% of the first half and should have been well ahead at half time. The error count by both sides was the highest I've seen this season and it couldn't be blamed on the conditions which for early February was remarkably dry and well above freezing.
JERSEY FLY NORTH AHEAD OF TITANS CLASH
After clinching their first Championship win in Yorkshire in six attempts in their last away game, Jersey are looking for more of the same this weekend. The Islanders won 19-26 at Castle Park, Doncaster three weeks ago, and this Saturday they will run out at Clifton Lane in Rotherham hoping to continue recent good form. As well as the victory over the Knights, Jersey edged a tight encounter against Nottingham by 12-10 last Saturday, and also gave Bristol a tough battle at St Peter before losing out at the death.
OTTO AND GRAHAM ARRIVE TO BOLSTER JERSEY RANKS
Two new players have arrived in Jersey this week to bolster Harvey Biljon's injury-hit squad. The Islanders travel to Yorkshire today for tomorrow's Greene King IPA Championship match with Rotherham, boosted by the signings of Fautua Otto and Gary Graham.
Doncaster Knights Away
We Won! I have only said that once after an away trip this year and it was a wonderful, ugly win on a day when the weather threw everything at us and Jersey played brilliantly at times and like five year olds at other times but I'm not in the least bothered. We won! I hope the Monkey is firmly on someone else's back.
SKIPPER AGREES NEW DEAL WITH JERSEY RFC
Jersey RFC have announced that Club Captain Alex Rae has signed a new contract with the club extending until summer 2017.
Pirates away 2015
For those interested in travel arrangements I got back from a New Year trip to Amsterdam late on Friday and Saturday morning got a lift to the airport from Mark McCrea (sadly still injured) and caught the 8.50 flight to Exeter which nicely connected with a train just after 10am which got me into Penzance just after 1.15pm and I was in the Dock Inn enjoying a pint of Doom Bar by 1.30pm.
JRFC v Yorkshire Carnegie
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