Rugby Club storm back to winning ways

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Despite those three defeats, Jersey were dominant from the start.

Even when they went down 3-0 after 20 minutes, when Beckenham stand-off Sam Howard slotted over a penalty, against the run of play, the Jersey side were in control.

With so much possession, it was inevitable that the Island side would score and they did when scrum-half Dave Miles took a quick penalty from ten yards out and, following a quick burst of inter-passing, the ball was passed to flanker Graham Bell who went over for the try.

Darren Toudic converted.

From that point onwards, Jersey were dominant.

After 33 minutes Ian Henderson, the big second-row forward, scored his first try of the season after the ball was moved from left to right and then left again, with centre Mark White instrumental in both phases before ‘Hendo’ went in at the corner.

Jersey’s 12-3 lead was extended immediately before the break when Dave Miles darted over, to score a fine individual try that Toudic again converted.

Now in complete control and with a two-try cushion, Jersey began the second half in the ascendancy, although they paid the price of having too much possession when a loose pass from Sam Cummins, on for full-back Mark Le Mottée, was intercepted in the 56th minute.

The Beckhenham winger had a clear run to the line although the try went unconverted.

However, such was the Jersey dominance that they ground out a fine win with further tries by Russell Holland and hooker Nathan Kemp, following a catch and drive from a Jersey line-out.

With a combination of Darren Toudic penalties and conversions, after the first 30 minutes, Jersey were always the better side – something which senior professional, Kern Yates, was quick to pick up on.

‘This was the best game the team’s played all season,’ he said.

‘The running off the ball was excellent and both the threes and the forwards contributed to a win which saw players taking the right options, at the right times.

‘By mixing our forwards with the threes, their backs never knew who to tackle.

During training this week Nathan Kemp has organised, from set play, how to create space in open play, which worked a treat.

‘The line of running from everyone was exceptional.

This was a whole team display.

The general attitude was good and even when the reserves came on, you could see the confidence in this side.

Every member of the team worked for each other, and we had between 75 and 80 per cent of the ball.

The players created space and worked not as individuals, but as a team.

They deserved to win.’ Team: Marcus Nobes, Nathan Kemp, Josh Chamier, Roger Quirk, Ian Henderson, Jon Allo, Richie Griffiths, Graham Bell (Russell Holland), Dave Miles (Paul Nayar), Darren Toudic, Ryan Morgan, Steve O’Brien, Mark White (Jason Hosty), Latu Maka’afi, Mark Le Mottée (Sam Cummins).

London South Division II: Andover 39, Lewes 15; Tunbridge Wells 17, Thanet Wanderers 46; Maidstone 11, Wimbledon 20; London Irish Amateur 6, Sevenoaks 46; Sutton & Epsom 39, Old Colfeians 0; Beckenham 11, Jersey 40.

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