British and Irish Cup: Jersey Reds 32-3 Yorkshire Carnegie

Uili Kolo'ofa'i
Uili Kolo'ofa'i scored on his first appearance since picking up an injury in pre-season

Jersey opened their British and Irish Cup campaign with a dominant win over Yorkshire Carnegie in Pool Three.

First-half tries from back-rower Matt Rogerson and winger Tom Pincus set the platform for the Reds, who had gone into the game on the back of three consecutive league losses.

Tongan Uili Kolo'ofa'i and scrum-half Kieran Hardy went over in the second half to secure the bonus point.

Harry Newborn went closest for Carnegie but his late try was disallowed.

Jersey got all the way to the final of last season's competition, only to then lose by a single point to Munster A on a dramatic night in Cork.

Brendan Cope's early penalty got the Reds' 2017-18 cup opener off to a bright start before Rogerson burst from the back of the scrum and showed good strength and composure to reach the line.

Harry Davey's penalty narrowed the deficit but Jersey dominated territory and possession to deservedly lead 20-3 at the break after Pincus jinked his way through to touch down.

Kolo'ofa'i crashed over from close range early in the second period to add to an impressive first appearance of the season and further extend the Reds' advantage.

The bonus point was secured just before the hour mark, when Hardy sped through to score after good work from flanker Conor Joyce at the line-out.

The other two sides in Pool Three, London Scottish and Dragons Select, meet on Saturday.

Jersey: Worrall; Pincus, Abrahams, Ma'afu, Hodson; Cope, Hardy; Godfrey (capt), Selway, Armstrong, Voss, Kolo'ofa'i, Bartle, Joyce, Rogerson.

Replacements: Macfarlane, Brodley, Clarey, Sexton, Upfield, Dudley, McClurg.

Yorkshire Carnegie: Brown; Davies, Forsyth, Bullough, Hamilton; Davey, Green; Imiolek, Buckle, Thraves, Smith, Sanderson, Beck, Wilson, Stedman.

Replacements: Newborn, Beech, Millar-Mills, Whetton, Ward, Fox, Watkins.

Attendance: 1,216

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