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Motivated Tring outclass Jersey

Jersey Rugby Club
Poor Jersey lose to enthusiastic Tring

Jersey Rugby Club lost 28-20 to Tring after an uncharacteristically poor performance at St Peter on Saturday.

Eighth-placed Tring outplayed and outfought the hosts for vast periods of the game.

Jersey head coach Ben Harvey was disappointed with his team's display, telling BBC Jersey: "We're a month away from the biggest game of the year."

"We were going to prepare for it by doing all the right things this week and we haven't."

A flat-footed Jersey were behind from the outset giving away four penalties in the first few minutes.

Hooker Dave Felton scored Jersey's first try with a steal from the line - out, before Michael Le Bourgeois scored a converted try to give Jersey a 12-6 lead.

However, three tries from Tring and Jersey's undisciplined play meant the island team they were down 23 -15 half time.

The first thirty minutes of the second half were a struggle for the home side, with Jersey unable to break the Tring line.

The Hertfordshire side then scored on the counter attack to take the result out of Jersey's reach.

Graham Bell got a late consolation try for Jersey, but with injuries to influential captain Talite Viaolite, Kern Yates and Hendry Rheeders, it could not have been a worse outcome for the home side.

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