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By Corporalcarrot
November 24 2014

Although I was totally gutted by the result at the end of the game the overall performance of the team left me full of hope for the rest of the season.

After a quick beer in the Talbot near the Cathedral I got to Sixways around 7pm and its the real deal as far as a rugby stadium is concerned. You may need a masters degree to work out the ticketing system but eventually I got the necessary and opted to stand on the five metre line in front of the Scrum Bar.

The game was a proper rugby contest and fairly obviously Jersey supporters were in the minority in a crowd of 5,906. We started the match with at least  half of our usual starting forwards on the bench and Wuss pressed hard for much of the first half hour and scored a couple of their trademark driving maul tries through Mat Gilbert & Val Rapava Ruskin and built up a 17-0 lead. Jersey's midfield defence throughout the match was outstanding and in particular Bishop (who had a brilliant match) and Robling closed down and knocked over everything that the rightly much vaunted Wuss back line could offer and with Locke & McCrea outside they didn't really threaten out wide. The new lad Ross Jones-Davies had an excellent debut in difficult conditions under lights and it will be good to see if he can add to our attacking threat over the rest of the season.

Jersey came back strongly in the last fifteen minutes of the first half and Michael (No One) Noone crashed over for a deserved try to make it 17-5 at half time. The starting forwards were under pressure but never buckled (no pun intended Joe) and it was great to see Salad back in the team as big and strong as ever. We started to introduce fresh legs in the forwards at half time and overall Jersey were probably the better team in the second half despite the poor start which resulted in a second trademark driving maul try for the excellent Mat Gilbert after 45 minutes. Jersey responded almost immediately with a second try for "No One". Not many visiting forwards will score a brace of tries against Wuss at Sixways so it was a great effort Michael . Bentley (who had a fine game and would surely be playing at a higher level if his tactical kicking was as good as the rest of his game) inched the lads to within one score with a decent Penalty.  A few minutes later and it was game on with Jersey's forwards taking a very good Wuss pack full on and the referee had the courage to first yellow card Mike Williams and then give a clear penalty try when Wuss dragged a maul down near the try line. The referee then evened the game up with a yellow card to the excellent Sam Lockwood and it really was anyone's game. Wuss were then rightly given a Penalty try to put them a score ahead before Drew Locke's interception and weaving run from 55 metres brought it back to 29 all.

A disgracefully jubilant Carrot celebrated with in all fairness an almost empty glass what I thought might have been the final score of 29 all on the five metre line but then Lamb took the spoils for Wuss with virtually the last kick of the match. I have seen Jersey lose enough matches not to whinge but I felt truly gutted and the fact that the players felt the same is exactly the reaction I hoped to see. We don't want to celebrate near misses we should play to win and if need be grind out results. The Wuss supporters seemed disappointed with their sides performance which amazed me. Their side came out on top of a cracking game with a bonus point victory and they saw 8 tries. Surely that's better than last season when they were regularly getting beat!

Sixways is a great stadium and the supporters were properly partisan but always hospitable. One minor gripe was I politely asked a bar man if I could get a photo beside the barrel of St Edmunds guest beer and he was happy to oblige me but I then got verbally "savaged" by the chief bar frau and told in no certain terms to get out. I shrugged and complied but I would hope and expect Sean would never treat visiting supporters that way at St Peter.

Next day I met up with the Labey family who were in Wuss to see the graduation of their geographically challenged daughter who despite attending the University in town couldn't explain how I got to Shrub Hill Station! Mark & I went to see the Cathedral while the ladies went shopping. Mark gave an impromptu rendition of Panis Angelicum  in the Chapter House and I got this photo beside King John's final resting place.

 

I returned to Gatwick via London and managed to see Ealing beat Fylde 56-15 in an excellent match where the score didn't really reflect the effort Fylde put in. Last flight home and back in St Ouen's by 8.15pm to watch England v Samoa on delayed record. Despite the result a cracking weekend.

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Discussion started by Jersey Rugby , 24/11/2014 10:30
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Faithful_City
24/11/2014 11:06
Great report and for me spot on!

Shame about she who should be obeyed, can't understand why she "asked" you to leave - that's not very friendly, which we all try to be here at Sixways.

Can't wait to get over to Jersey in the spring

How is Mark le Motee??

JP

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A38
24/11/2014 12:13
CC: Glad you had a chat to King John. I actually have a great deal of sympathy about giving directions to Shrub Hill from the Cathedral. It's one of the questions I get asked, as a guide there, and there is no direct route which can easily be explained to a visitor!

jerseynick
24/11/2014 12:19
Great read Carrot, wish I had been there!

Roll on Friday evening.....

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