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Memorable win for Colts in Guernsey

Our Colts successfully defended their Siam Cup in Guernsey on Saturday, winning the Broadlands Youth Trophy by a convincing 31-12.

With the Condor Liberation sailing cancelled, the much anticipated Siam Cup festival of rugby for age groups from under sevens up to eighteens and women’s had to be postponed at short notice.

However there was a silver lining as the Colts had chosen to fly and where therefore unaffected by the forecast strong winds.  Even though it is only a 10 minute hop across to Guernsey, due to flight availability it meant at early start on the 07:30 red eye, for a 12:45 kick-off as the curtain raiser to Guernsey Raider’s match against Canterbury.

The Jersey Colts have matured like a fine wine this season with each performance seeing their teamwork and effort step up with every game, with much of this due to the excellent coaching by first team players Roy Godfrey and Tim Grey. There display at Footes Lane in front of a good crowd was to be no exception to their fine run of recent form.

The early pressure was from Guernsey which was soaked up by Jersey with great defending and the awesome power of their pack. With fifteen minutes on the clock captain Patrick (“PJ”) Dodge crossed the line which was duly converted by Eryk Swiech (0-7).  This was followed up 5 minutes later by a well worked try which saw Jason Da Costa (man of the match) sprint down the line evading Guernsey’s desperate tackles to cut inside and score in the corner, with a difficult conversion pinged over by Eryk extending the lead to 0 – 14.

Guernsey doubled down and were rewarded for their efforts with an unconverted try 5 minutes later to cut the lead to 5 -14.  In the closing minutes of the first half captain PJ Dodge scored again which was converted once again by Eryk to make the half time score Guernsey 5 Jersey 21.

The second half was one of containment of pressure for Jersey which saw them lose two players to yellow cards, which Guernsey turned to there advantage after 10 minutes with a converted try to narrow the gap to 12-21 with 20 minutes to go.  With just two scores required by Guernsey, Jersey tighten up their play with great defence and expert ball handling.  Their pack which was now totally dominant at the scrum, this power presented an ideal deal opportunity to Anushan Elanco who plucked the ball from the base of the scrum, making a solo darting run to the line to make the score line 12 – 26. The result was then put out of doubt with a try in the right hand corner by Jenson Holmes to make the final score Guernsey 12 Jersey 31.

The season is not over yet as the Colts go again next Sunday 1st May when they travel to Hove for the semi-final of the Sussex Colts Cup kick off 2 pm.

Huge thanks to Saltgate, the Colts sponsor, for their ongoing support.


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