FOCUS ON CHAMPIONSHIP
What do you attribute Jersey’s good form to this season?
We didn’t start particularly well, but we never panicked and trusted the players and coaches.
The culture at the club is a big factor in my opinion. We’ve got coaches who want us to express ourselves as players and are constantly challenging us to improve and be able to adapt to different scenarios in training, which is reflected on match days. Jersey’s wild try in the 17-14 win against London Irish went viral. Talk us through it…
It’s a bit of a blur to be honest! The ball didn’t come out of the scrum as intended and then I just instinctively did what felt right, running it.
I managed to get the ball away and if there are two people you want on the ball to execute a skill under pressure it’s probably Brett Herron and Aaron Penberthy.
The two of them worked the ball up to halfway, where James Newey went on to feed Auguy Slowik on the wing. He has been finishing tries all season and did it again. What’s it like playing at St Peter? The atmosphere is unbelievable. Jersey’s a small island but we get good crowds and they give fantastic support. We can hear cowbells being rung around the ground and the crowd will give us that extra lift. What are the long-term ambitions? We definitely want to be competing for silverware in the Championship Cup and hopefully we’ve excited a few people with our league form.
We want to push the likes of Irish and Ealing all the way at the top and then who knows what can happen?
My goal is to get myself back into the Premiership (where he played with Bath) as soon as I can. But for now my focus is on Jersey.
Namibian nous Janco Venter on the burst