Red-letter day

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JERSEY REDS stand on the brink of history and, arguably, the greatest sporting achievement the Island has ever witnessed.

Tomorrow, at the Stade Santander, Reds will kick off at 3pm with the hopes of every Islander behind them, knowing that a win against Ampthill, in the last game of the season, will seal a first-ever Championship title.

It has been a remarkable season for Harvey Biljon, the Reds director of rugby, and his team. They have lost only one league match all campaign and had, until now, their defining moment last week, beating title rivals Ealing in front of a bumper crowd of 3,000.

Biljon and his boys will be hoping more will come to get behind his team and roar them to victory. They need just to win to get them to the 99 points needed to win the league and, come the end of the match, hopefully 99 red balloons will fly by among the celebrations, while a bonus point will take them to the magical 100 mark.

‘The crowd was immense last week and, if we do get it right, we want to celebrate with all the supporters,’ said Biljon.

‘They lifted the players at crucial times last week. It was the crowd that got the players off the ground and got them going again and we want the same again this weekend.

‘The supporters will get behind us and the Island’s been getting out behind us and I trust and I hope that everyone, government included, understands how massive this is. If we get this right it is absolutely huge, in rugby and across the world.

‘Any other campaign we’d be going to the Premiership. It would be a promotion game. It is so exciting for the Island. Let’s make sure we can get everyone here. It will be brilliant.’

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