Burton calls on crowd to boost Jersey RFC

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It will be a big game for us, which is why we need a lot of people up there, cheering us on,’ said coach Dai Burton.

They (Sevenoaks) are one point in front so, if we win and they lose, we’ll jump over them.

Lewes are a difficult side to play against at home, while Gosport and Fareham have had an up and down season since we first played them.

We won’t know until Saturday what kind of a team they’ll turn up with.’ Away from home, Jersey lost to the visitors but Burton recognises that there is new resolve in a Jersey side which won so convincingly at Maidstone last week.

‘We’ve a purpose in our play at the moment, and we’re sending a good side out, including probably the fastest back row in this league,’ Burton said.

‘We’ve also got options on the bench.

If I need to change the style of play I can move Steve O’Brien from back row into the threes and replace him with Marc Peters, who’ll be on the bench for us.

‘It isn’t every week that I have the players to make such changes, half way through a match.’ With a Ross Allan and Andy Whelan combination in the centre, this should be a tremendous, no-holes barred game as both men are big men to bring down and tremendous in the tackle.

Teenager Ryan Morgan is also beginning to play to his potential on the wing, while Paul Nayar could come on at scrum-half if Dave Miles begins to tire.

‘The more support we get the better,’ added Burton, who is looking forward to gaining revenge against a team whose 20-8 win ended a year-long unbeaten run by his 1st XV.

He didn’t need to say it, but the first result he will be looking for, if Jersey do win, won’t be a Six Nations match, but two teams battling it out at a small town in Sussex.

Team: Marcus Nobes, Josh Chamier, James Brimelow, Ian Henderson, Roger Quirk, Steve O’Brien, Nathan Kemp, Latu Maka’afi, Dave Miles, Sam Cummins, Ryan Morgan, Ross Allan, Andy Whelan, Steve Mee, Gareth Jeffreys.

Replacements: Peter O’Connor, Marc Peters, Paul Nayar, Mark Le Mottée.

Kick-off: 3 pm, St Peter.

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