GUERNSEY RAIDERS’ men denied Jersey Reds a hat-trick of inter-insular wins at St Peter with a 60-26 demolition of their Siam Cup rivals.
Following comfortable victories for Jersey’s veterans and women earlier in the day – the latter a first in ten attempts – the Sarnians’ National 2 squad scored ten tries to claim the 2021 title, ending a 15-year wait for success on Caesarean soil.
Anthony Armstrong bagged three for the visitors, who had led 19-0 before Jersey fought back to 26-19 at half-time.
Guernsey were rarely troubled after the break, though, and will be favourites to defend their crown when the sides meet again on 21 May, for the 2022 edition.
Likewise, Jersey Women will fancy themselves for back-to-back wins inside seven days after securing their first Siam Cup title with a 40-0 win.
Jade Knight and Laura Turpin both scored twice for the hosts, after Katie de la Cloche’s opener.
Over 3,100 supporters packed into Stade Santander, with many passing through the gates for the 10.30am Nash Cup kick-off.
Former England international Matt Banahan was on show for Reds Wanderers, who secured a 81-5 win in a shortened game lasting 62 minutes.