Jersey's growing injury list worries boss Harvey Biljon

Jersey v Bristol
Jersey are bottom of the Championship with one win and three defeats

Jersey director of rugby Harvey Biljon says he is worried by the number of injuries affecting his squad.

Biljon's side lost 24-7 at home to Bristol on Saturday and ended the game with 14 players because of injuries.

"I'm concerned. It's 11 people not available for selection, that's almost a full rugby team," Biljon said.

"If you'd have spoken to me at the beginning of the season I think I had a fair few selection headaches," he added to BBC Radio Jersey.

"At the moment it's not difficult to pick a team because you can only pick who's fit."

Jersey conceded a try in the first minute after former England winger Tom Varndell went over, giving them an uphill struggle against last year's beaten play-off finalists.

"We started the game a bit 'rabbit in the headlights' and we gave Bristol a bit more respect than we needed to and didn't concentrate and stick to our game plan," he said.

"We discussed keeping the ball, not giving up territory cheaply and unfortunately we did exactly the opposite.

"We didn't execute properly, we gave up the ball and made too many errors in that first half.

"But I don't think anyone can question the desire and character of the squad, especially when you talk about going down to 14 men and having to play with 14 men because of injury, not because of indiscipline, I think it shows a lot of character."

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