Siam Cup back in Guernsey hands

GUERNSEY regained the Siam Cup in sensational style at Stade Santander on Saturday, winning in Jersey for the first time in 15 years.

Guernsey celebrate their Siam Cup win on Saturday, which was their first in Jersey for 15 years. (Picture by Rob Currie) (30819311)
Guernsey celebrate their Siam Cup win on Saturday, which was their first in Jersey for 15 years. (Picture by Rob Currie) (30819311)

Man-of-the-match Anthony Armstrong scored a hat-trick as Raiders ran in 10 tries to romp to a memorable 62-26 victory in what was the delayed 2021 edition.

There were two tries each for Callum Roberts and Charlie Davies as well as one apiece for Ciaran McGann, Oscar Baird and Ethan Smith. Owen Thomas kicked 12 points.

‘I’m absolutely ecstatic. We don’t win the Siam often and it’s even rarer for us to win in Jersey, so it’s an amazing feeling,’ said hat-trick hero Armstrong.

‘This sets it up nicely for next week. It will be a tasty affair and they’ll be hungrier to get one over on us.

‘Jersey showed a lot of grit and determination, which we knew would be the case. They’re very proud to play for their club, as are we, and we knew they would come back firing [from 19-0 down].

‘But we know what we’re capable of. We didn’t show it in November, but we were clinical today.’

There was disappointment for Guernsey Raiders Ladies as they lost the Siam Trophy for the first time as a strong Jersey side scored six tries in a 40-0 victory.

In the opening game of the day, Jersey veterans, who included former England international Matt Banahan in their team, regained the Nash Cup.

It all happens again this coming Saturday when Footes Lane will host the 2022 Siam matches.

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