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Reynolds’ half-time blast does the trick

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RAIDERS will be playing in National Two next season.

Guernsey Raiders celebrate their 38-23 win over Bournemouth in the National Two promotion play-off at Footes Lane. (Picture by Martin Gray)

The legacy the current Guernsey first team wanted to leave that Jordan Reynolds spoke about before Saturday’s promotion play-off with Bournemouth came to glorious fruition as a magnificent second-half performance at Footes Lane resulted in a 38-23 triumph that has taken the green-and-whites into the fourth tier of the RFU league ladder for the first time in the club’s history.

The home side had trailed 13-0 after half-an-hour, but crucially got on the scoreboard with the first of Anthony Armstrong’s two tries before the interval and then they carried that momentum brilliantly into the second period, helped by a rocket from their coach.

‘I lost my s*** at half-time – literally to the point I scared myself. I walked out I was like “I’m going to hit someone here”, but it worked so…’ said Reynolds in typically blunt fashion.

‘It was tough. Let’s be honest, Bournemouth were good. They were physical and they were really up for it. I think, the only thing that made the difference was they didn’t have the stamina to go the same in the second half.

‘In that first 20, they said they were going to come out and shock us, and they did. We didn’t have much possession, we kept kicking the ball away and stuff like that.

‘But we regrouped at half-time – or I had a hissy fit – and we came straight out of the blocks. It was unreal to see us do that.

‘These boys can do that from time to time, they just need a rocket.’

  • Full match report in Monday's Guernsey Press.

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