Burton remains upbeat

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During the last two games we’ve produced enough ball to run riot,’ he said.

‘We’ve simply got to calm down and give our players freedom to run.’So, in the threes for today’s game against Alton, he has moved Phil Walker to stand-off, Jon Swift to inside centre, and Steve O’Brien outside him in an attempt to make better use of the ball.’Phil is a more conservative type of player who won’t get flustered,’ said Burton.

‘Jon is a playmaker.

And I’ve chosen Bob Le Brocq as hooker because Alton play the ball a lot on the ground, which suits Bob’s style of play.

‘We’re lucky that we can choose different players according to the ways they play against us.’Alton are forward-dominated.

Even their scrum-half is about my size but a stone heavier.’So, in the pack – which has been Jersey’s strength this season – the club’s 1st XV should give as good as they get.

The threes, however, will decide which way this game will turn.As Burton said, it is about time they turned possession into points, for if they do not start moving up the table soon, by Christmas they will be looking over their shoulder at possible relegation rather than aiming for the division above, which was the case last year.Team: Jon Brennan, Bob Le Brocq, Marcus Nobes, Roger Quirk, Danny McAlister, Ian Henderson, John Allo, Andy Allan, Arnou Helmholt-Kneisel, Phil Walker, Jim Milner, Jon Swift, Steve O’Brien, Chris Butler, Mark White.

Subs: Ken Moore, Ross Allan, Darren Toudic.

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