FO­CUS ON CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

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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

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