Strong Performance by Barnes 2nd team in a tough season
Barnes very good at the breakdown against a big Jersey pack
The visitors secured Barnes' kick-off and made some ground before being turned over. After keeping the ball close for 4 phases Barnes went wider twice then recycled once more close before the defence forced an error to get the first scrum put-in at their 22. Jersey kept the ball for 10 mostly close phases without being able to advance before being turned over again. Barnes advanced to get a penalty 15 metres out; this was run and flanker Malaney touched down wide out at 4 minutes. Fullback Milner converted.
Barnes cleared the restart to touch almost to halfway. The visitors released to centre from their line-out then recycled wide to the blind side; they passed forward having gained a metre. Soon after the second scrum Jersey got the third having held up a ball carrier. Following that kicks were exchanged sending the visitors back to their line-out 16 metres inside their half. That was thrown not-straight; Barnes got the ball away under pressure from their scrum. They recycled twice before being penalised 4 metres ahead. Jersey's long kick was just prevented from going into touch but then Barnes dropped the ball. The visitors got it and recycled wide sending their fullback to the corner after 10 minutes. The conversion missed.
Jersey secured the restart and kept the ball close for 4 phases before clearing to touch just inside their 22. From the line-out Barnes made some ground with 9 mixed phases before they were dispossessed. The visitors got the ball and ran; after another error the Ref. went back to a scrum for Jersey 14 metres from their line. At first they kept the ball in then broke off and recycled once before being awarded a penalty 18 metres out. Barnes stole the line-out and put together 7 mostly close phases to send scrumhalf Libbey to the posts after 18 minutes. Milner added.
Barnes secured the restart then got the next scrum 26 metres out after their kick bounced off an opposition player. Again under pressure they got the ball away then they were awarded a penalty; they kicked diagonally for their right wing. The ball went into touch 8 metres from halfway; from their line-out they soon kicked for territory. Jersey ran the ball wide twice before being turned over. Barnes then kept possession for 5 close phases to get a penalty 16 metres into the opposition half; they ran the ball for 3 phases then there were two turnovers. Barnes went wide and a great pass by the outside centre could not be hung onto near the line. From the scrum 5 metres out Jersey started to run out but soon lost the ball; Barnes got it then were forced backwards and the visitors got another scrum 11 metres from halfway. From that they advanced 24 metres after keeping the ball in then going wider to a scrum for their opponents. Barnes kicked to touch from that to 17 metres past halfway then from their line-out Jersey soon broke blind before being penalised 6 metres ahead. The line-out after the kick was 19 metres from the visitors’ line; Jersey stole that comfortably. After recycling twice they chipped through; Barnes went wide then had a kick charged down. Jersey got the ball and went wide; after 2 recycles kicks were exchanged. The second went into touch at the visitors’ 22 then the line-out was thrown not-straight. Barnes chose to have another; that was thrown long and the visitors got the ball and quickly broke out to the other half. After a recycle they were intercepted; Barnes then advanced with two phases until the defence forced an error to get a put-in 18 metres from their line. Their pack kept the ball in and advanced to get a penalty at the 22 then kicked for a line-out at their 10 metre line. From that they released to centre then recycled once close and once wide. Next, Barnes won a turnover and sent flanker Dass to the line at the corner. An excellent conversion preceded the halftime whistle.
An error at the second half restart gave Barnes a scrum at halfway. Kicks were exchanged then Barnes ran and there followed two turnovers once more. Barnes made ground with 3 phases to their penalty at their opponents 22. They ran that recycling 3 times to get another one 17 metres out then kicked for a line-out 5 metres out. From this one their pack forced their way over with hooker Stewart on the ball after 3 minutes, half way out. Milner added
Barnes cleared the high restart to touch 9 metres from halfway. Jersey kept the ball in following the line-out and made ground; then they broke off and recycled twice close and twice wider. Barnes nearly intercepted but the visitors got the ball back and ran to the posts after 6 minutes and this was converted.
Just after the restart a Barnes' player got a 10 minute rest for a potentially dangerous tackle. From their 22 Jersey kicked for a line-out 8 metres from halfway then soon went wide and made ground. Then they put together 4 good phases to make much more ground until the defence forced an error to get a scrum 6 metres out. From that Barnes soon cleared to touch 26 metres out. Jersey's pack set up a maul from the line-out and advanced to get a penalty 17 metres out. The kick took them to 8 metres out; Barnes stood off the next drive attempt and Jersey recycled close twice before the Ref. went back to award them another penalty 8 metres out. This time they chose to have a scrum and after a small advance a forward broke off to go over wide out after 16 minutes. The conversion missed.
The visitors cleared the restart to touch 14 metres from halfway; soon after the line-out Barnes got a penalty at the same distance. The kick took them to 18 metres out and their pack set up a drive from the line-out. They moved to 3 metres out where the defence got the next scrum as Barnes did not get the ball out. Jersey's pack kept the ball in to get a penalty that they kicked to 11 metres from halfway. The line-out was thrown long and Barnes got the ball at its end. They advanced with 4 phases before being penalised 16 metres out. Jersey kicked for a line-out 9 metres into the other half. From that they released to centre then went wide; next they were held up giving Barnes a put-in 6 metres inside their half. From it they released to centre then went wide to send wing Burne to the line wide out at 23 minutes. Another excellent conversion from Milner followed.
Barnes secured the high restart and started running; after 3 quick phases they were forced into touch 12 metres past halfway. From their line-out Jersey went widest but backwards to their scrum 26 metres from their line. After that they kicked for territory; Barnes ran but the next pass was dropped giving the visitors another scrum 18 metres into their opponents' half. Soon after that they lost possession and Barnes got the ball. They advanced recycling twice before kicking ahead. Jersey ran then kicked; this resulted in their penalty at the opposition 10 metre line. They kicked for a line-out 14 metres out then kept the ball in to get another penalty then another line-out 5 metres out. Just after that an error gave the defence a 5 metre scrum. Barnes soon cleared to touch at their 22. From the next line-out Jersey's pack advanced strongly then a break-off 2 metres out to the blind side got them their final points after 32 minutes as the conversion was wide.
They cleared the restart to touch 16 metres from halfway; Barnes threw the line-out not-straight. The visitors released from the scrum and made 14 metres with 2 phases to get a penalty and a very good kick took them to 12 metres out. The game ended with 3 scrums for Jersey then one for Barnes and a penalty for Barnes 19 metres out before the whistle.
Sunny, 98% blue sky and little wind at the start; cloudier and windier at halftime; the pitch good.