Championship: Jersey Reds 35-29 Doncaster Knights

Sami Fisilau kicks against Doncaster
Jersey scored four first-half tries at St Peter in their 100th Championship match

Jersey Reds got back to winning ways in the Championship despite a spirited second-half fightback from Doncaster.

The Reds were 29-0 ahead inside 35 minutes after tries from skipper James Freeman, Nick Haining and George Watkins (2).

But Doncaster winger Tyson Lewis went over in the corner before half time to give the visitors hope.

Glen Young's brace and Will Griff John's score set up an exciting finale as Knights claimed two bonus points.

Reds bring up their century with a win
The match was Jersey's 100th game in the Championship. The islanders have won 35 and lost 62 of their league matches since promotion to the second tier of English rugby in 2012.

Jersey had been ahead within three minutes through the boot of full-back Sam Katz before winger Watkins burst through for his first try of the afternoon.

Freeman's touchdown, from a maul, put the hosts 15-0 up after quarter of an hour before Haining's opportunist try.

Watkins sprinted through for his second, converted by Katz, to seal a bonus point for the islanders in one of their most ruthless periods of rugby in recent times.

Doncaster though had been playing into a strong wind, knowing that, if they could stay in touch, they would have a chance to utilise that after the break.

Lewis sped through a couple of tackles to go over in the left corner and get the Knights on the scoreboard but there was still chance for a Katz penalty to give his side a 32-7 advantage at half time.

Apakuki Ma'afu
Tongan back Apakuki Ma'afu (middle) made his Jersey Reds debut at inside centre

Flanker Young powered over from close range to reduce the deficit as the Yorkshire-based side appeared to grow in confidence in the second period.

Jersey lock Uili Kolo'ofa'i was shown a yellow card for a high tackle and moments later prop John crashed over to narrow the gap to 35-22.

With the clock in the ground showing 80 minutes, Young grabbed his second try to secure their first bonus point, with Dougie Flockhart's conversion ultimately ensuring a second.

Jersey Reds: Katz; Watkins, Davies, Ma'afu, Cuthbert; McKinney, Fisilau; Thomas, Buckle, Kerrod, Campbell, Kolo'ofa'i, Freeman (capt), Graham, Haining.

Replacements: Macfarlane, McCarthy, Tampin, McKern, Argyle, Hardy, Dudley.

Doncaster Knights: Scanlon; Jarvis, Flockhart, Hayes, Lewis; Cusack, Heaney; Hislop, Hunter, John, Challinor, Nolan, Young, Orr, Williams.

Replacements: List, Bergmanas, Sproston, Taylor, White, Humberstone, Edgerley.

Attendance: 1,277

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