CHAMPIONSHIP GAME BETWEEN LONDON IRISH AND JERSEY REDS ENDS 42-29

Guy Armitage former back for London Irish opened his Jersey account just three minutes into the London Irish – Jersey Reds game played at the Madejski Stadium.


Armitage, who was debuting for Jersey Reds for the first time, got the opening try, while replies for Irish were made by David Paice and Richard Palframan via scores from mauls.

Ben Ransom, Tom Fowlie and Paice, once again, all touched down for the hosts after the half time break.

Tries by Marc Tomas, George Watkins and Nick Haining were enough to ensure a bonus point for the Jersey Reds.

With barely enough recognized backs to take on a proper side, the Reds had gone into the first meeting between the two clubs, handing a debut to Armitage who had joined the club on loan sometime this week.

Running through for the opener, after a quick tap penalty handled by scrum-half Sami Fasilau, he got through to kick-start his try-scoring with Jersey within three minutes of the game.

A penalty by former Jersey back, Tommy Bell, ensured that the deficit was narrowed for the hosts, London Irish. This was followed by a long spell of pressure after which captain Paice scored from the maul.

A penalty by Sam Katz’s from his own half had put the Islanders to level at 10-10 just before the stroke of half time. This did not last long as prop Palframan went on to power another maul over with the final move of that half.

Early scores in the second period by Ransom and Fowlie ensured that the London Irish were in control. However, a second try was granted to the Reds after Thomas went over from another maul while Ransom was in the sin-bin.

The game which ended 42-29 in favor of London Irish, saw Haining make sure Jersey left the stadium with a bonus point.

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