Tuesday 23 January 2018

Young Eagles unravel as hard-running Jersey stitch together eight tries

Jersey 52 Connacht 12

Connacht flanker Rory Moloney
Connacht flanker Rory Moloney
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Connacht Eagles suffered a second defeat in eight days at the hands of a powerful Jersey side.

The young Eagles competed gamely on the Channel Islands but were outgunned and conceded eight tries to remain winless after four British & Irish Cup matches.

While the Jersey squad had been strengthened ahead of the resumption of their league campaign next weekend, the Eagles remained affected by their province's injuries and saw just three changes from when the sides met at the Sportsground.

The Jersey supporters were shocked when the Irish visitors took the lead after six minutes, with Api Pewhairangi breaking through and giving a scoring pass to Cillian Gallagher. Conor McKeon converted.

But it was all Jersey until the break - aided by the sin-binning of Connacht's Rory Moloney - as the islanders showed their running ability, highlighted by a ten-minute hat-trick for winger Tom Howe and another try by fly-half Brendan Cope.

It was 31-7 at the interval.

The Eagles struck first after restart with an unconverted Conor Kenny try, but Lewis Robling, Gary Graham and James Freeman all dotted down in response.

Jersey - R Lane; T Howe, O Evans, M Cooke, R Adair; B Cope (L Robling 45), S Fisilau (J Moates 45); I Lancuba (S Lockwood 52), N Selway (M Garcia-Veiga 45), O Tomaszczyk (D Herriott 52), W Rowlands, U Kolo'ofa'i (D Markham H-T), A Rae (c) (G Graham H-T), J Freeman, T Spinks.

Connacht - C Gaffney; A Leavy, A Pewhairangi, C Brennan, E O'Keeffe (A Moynihan 50); C McKeon (c) (J Keegan 67), S Kerins (R Feehily 68); J Walshe, P O'Toole (J Anaya Lazaro 60), C Kenny (M Burke 67), P Claffey, C Gallagher (C Romaine 60), M Kelly, R Moloney, S McVeigh (M Cosgrove 67).

Sin Bin - R Moloney (14).

Ref - J Makepeace (RFU).

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