Jersey Pip Nottingham at the Death
In an almost identical repeat of the finale between the two
sides when they met at Meadow Lane earlier in the season, Jersey
secured a 17-13 victory with the final play of the game after being
three points behind as the match entered the 80th minute.
Nottingham had the chance to take the draw in their home fixture
but opted to try and win the game and Jersey did the same with the
difference being that Jersey managed it thanks to a late try from
Nottingham had performed strongly in defence again but Jersey
retained possession for large parts of the match and eventually
that pressure told.
Nottingham secure a bonus point but fail to move away from the
two sides below them in the league.
Full match report by ANDI STARR
Another impressive defensive effort from Nottingham looked like
securing a second consecutive win but the last play of the game
brought a try for Jersey to snatch the points.
Nottingham had led from the sixth minute thanks to a try from
skipper Brent Wilson, and although they had to defend for much of
the first half as they played into a strong wind they held out to
lead 7-3 at the break.
They struggled to capitalise on the advantage of that wind in
the second half though as Jersey fought back with two tries to
force a deserved win.
The home side's tactic when playing into that wind - in contrast
to Nottingham's - was to keep the ball in hand, and consequently
they were able to continue their dominance of possession over the
Still Nottingham held firm only for the home side to win the
game with a dramatic last gasp try.
Nottingham could not have asked for a better start, a catch and
drive from a close range lineout bringing a try for Wilson in the
Jarvis slotted over the conversion to make it 0-7.
That strong wind gave the home side a big advantage though and
they began to take a stranglehold on possession.
Niall O'Connor put over one penalty but missed another couple of
good chances and so the sides went in at the break with Nottingham
Soon after the restart Nottingham lost hooker Alun Walker with
injury, but with the wind now behind them managed to control
possession in the opening minutes, Jarvis adding a penalty to make
The home side kept possession though and played for territorial
advantage, a tactic which served them well as they set up the
position for replacement Nicky Griffiths to get over for their
O'Connor's conversion levelled the scores at ten points apiece,
but Jarvis regained the leads for Nottingham with his second
penalty of the game five minutes later.
The home side were dominating possession by this stage and kept
play in the Nottingham 22, forcing a series of close range scrums
that eventually saw prop Harry Williams sin-binned.
Still Nottingham defended well though, but just when it looked
as though they had held out for a vital win, Jersey moved the ball
wide and local boy Jack Burroughs got over in the corner in the
final minute to give his side the lead for the first time in the
The conversion gave Jersey a 17-13 win.