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Confidence-boosting win ahead of Siam defence

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A BONUS-POINT 26-19 victory over Old Albanian was a nice way for Raiders to sign off their inaugural National Two South campaign.

Raiders prop Layton Batiste on the charge against Old Albanian at Footes Lane on Saturday. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 24520967)

Although it ends in relegation and that nagging question of just what if they had had better luck with injuries throughout the season, in the long-run coach Jordan Reynolds is sure that they will be better off for the experience.

In the short-term, they now go into their defence of the Siam Cup off the back of a confidence-boosting win and with about as strong a squad as they have managed to field all season.

‘It’s been good, we’ve learnt a lot from being up here,’ Reynolds said as his side walked off to another standing ovation from the Garenne Stand faithful, who have been superb all season.

‘We’ve learnt that grind has to be there week in and week out, we’ve learnt how we’ve got to play as well.

‘We believe that if we went into that boring 10-man rugby we could have probably won a few more games, but we’ve also come to the conclusion that that’s not us – we want to play our brand and we saw a bit of it out there today which was great.’

The Raiders tries came from George Shannon, Tom Teasdale, Anthony Armstrong and Nick Merrien with Owen Thomas adding three conversions.

  • More in Monday's Guernsey Press.

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