Jersey Reds: Harvey Biljon hails defence hailed after Championship win over Hartpury
Jersey Reds boss Harvey Biljon hailed his side's defence after they held on to beat Hartpury 18-14 at St Peter.
Nick Selway's early touchdown helped the islanders to a 7-0 interval lead, but Nick Carpenter's try for Hartpury in reply to a Brendan Cope penalty saw Jersey lead 10-7 with 10 minutes left.
Cope's second penalty and a Jason Worrall try put Jersey in control, but Luke Eves' late score made it close.
"It was a tough night, but they can be proud of the performance," Biljon said.
The win saw Jersey leapfrog Hartpury into ninth place in the Championship, three points ahead of their opponents.
"Some of those defensive sets from our players were outstanding," Biljon told BBC Radio Jersey.
"They got two scores completely against the run of play, especially at the end to make it exciting for the supporters, so I'm glad we closed the game out.
"We've trained this week with no back line, Mark Best and Oli Bryant didn't train the whole week, this was the first bit of rugby they had.
"So to grind out a result like that, defend the way we did and get scores at the right time are very important for this group."