Three Greene King IPA Championship sides had an opportunity to make their first ever British & Irish Cup final this weekend. Here’s what happened in the semis…
Jersey Reds are through to the British & Irish Cup final (21 April at Independent Park, Cork 7.30pm) after getting the better of high-flyers London Irish in an all-Greene King IPA Championship face-off at the Madejski Stadium.
Irish had boasted a 17-15 lead in the closing stages, but a penalty followed by Nick Selway’s late score ensured a 25-17 triumph for the visitors.
Jersey were on top in the opening stages resulting in Callum Sheedy’s penalty, but Irish showed why they have lost just one Greene King IPA Championship game this season.
Tom Parton marauded his way down the left wing to score, though a powerful run from Jordan Davies, saw him sweep through the Irish defence, putting Jersey 10-7 up by the interval.
That lead was swiftly extended my Nick Haining’s score, though Ciaran Hearn dotted down at the other end for Irish, moving the deficit to just one point at 15-14.
Theo Brophy-Clews and Sheedy traded penalties to set up a nervous finale, but it was down to the replacement Selway to complete the job and record a second win for Jersey over Irish in two weeks.