Jersey 37 Carmarthen Quins 17
British & Irish Cup, pool 5
After being given a fright by their pacy visitors from West Wales, Jersey recovered to register an impressive bonus-point victory sealed by Mark McCrea's 70-metre interception try with the final play of the match.
The home side dominated the first period against a much-changed Carmarthen side supplemented by a number of players from the Scarlets' talent pool. Slick hands saw Grant Pointer put Dave Markham over for the first score, and then McCrea added a second try in the closing minutes of the half with a deft kick over the Quins' defence.
An early score for the Islanders after half-time could have ended the game as a contest, but in fact the visitors grabbed a foothold with two lightning-quick backs' moves leading to tries from Steffan Evans and Josh Lewis.
At 17-10, the home supporters were anxious, even after Aaron Penberthy extended the lead with a penalty - part of his 15-point haul. Jersey scored a third try at a crucial moment on the hour; Paula Kaho picked up a loose ball and the Tongan hurtled downfield. After 60 metres his legs were fading, but Markham was on hand to take the ball on and force his way over.
Rhys Thomas' try gave the Quins hope of a consolation bonus point or two, but in pressing forward possession was lost and Jersey applied the coup de grace.
Next weekend Jersey play Leinster 'A' on Friday night in Dublin while Carmarthen host Plymouth on Saturday afternoon.