O’Brien wings in as Jersey RFC seek flying finish

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They’re fifth, I believe, a couple of points behind us and as they’re safe in the league, as we are, they’ve nothing to play for so it could be a good, open game,’ said coach Dai Burton.

‘Ryan Morgan is unavailable this week, so we’ve put Steve O’Brien on the wing, telling him to come into midfield looking for gaps whenever he can.

We’ve two centres with good hands and when we used him on the wing, it went well last year.

‘We’ve also the option of bringing Steve in as centre, and replacing him with Mark Le Mottée on the wing, if we have to.’ Burton is also hoping that there will be no repeat of the game at home against Sutton which they won, but in far from convincing style as they allowed a healthy lead to be whittled down to just a few points as they let in two late tries in the dying minutes.

With a back-row starting line-up of Latu Maka’afi, Nathan Kemp and Brett Els, this shouldn’t happen; not least because all three players are playing some of the best rugby seen in a Jersey side for this, and arguably several seasons.

Jersey RFC: Marcus Nobes, Josh Chamier, James Brimelow, Roger Quirk, Ian Henderson, Brett Els, Nathan Kemp, Latu Maka’afi, Dave Miles, Sam Cummins, Jim Milner, Mark White, Ross Allan, Steve O’Brien, Gareth Jeffreys.

Reserves: Peter O’Connor, Jon Allo, Darren Toudic, Mark Le Mottée.

On Sunday, at St Peter, Jersey 2nds play Les Quennevais in the semi-final of the Sugden Cup at 3 pm, while Beeches play Jersey United Banks in the other semi-final at 1 pm.

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