REYNOLDS GOES FOR EXPERIENCE
JORDAN REYNOLDS has called in the old guard to get Guernsey over the line in Jersey on Saturday.
The Greens will have not only Malcolm Barnes back at scrum half and Luke Sayer at full back, but also ‘Horse’ himself, Jim Elliott, bolstering the side.
Elliott, in particular, seems to defy the passing of years and the head coach had no qualms at all in selecting this trio of men who will go down in GRFC history as three of the true greats.
Reynolds has been scratching around all winter to field the XV he wanted in National 2, but for this spectacular occasion he had virtually a full deck of cards to shuffle.
Choosing 22 was hard, let alone a starting XV.
‘I’m pretty happy with the selections and happy we got a few guys back, the likes of Anthony Armstrong coming back, Luke Sayer, Malcolm Barnes which is fantastic.
‘The pack has been pretty consistent for us all year, we’ve got a good back row, and as every Siam is a battle up front it’s great that we have that experience and combinations.
‘As for the backline, it was a struggle over the past couple of weeks, but more in deciding which way we wanted to go. But I wish I had had that selection headache all year.
One who misses out on a starting slot, is young Tom Teasdale.
Reynolds said it was a tough call to make.
‘What’s really good is that we have got a really exciting bench as well.
‘It was really difficult in not picking someone like Tom Teasdale, but I'm sure we will bring him in at some stage.
As for Jersey and what they may select, there is no doubt that their club will be moving houses to get the Siam back. Jersey have held off naming their side until Friday evening.
Sam Steventon, Tom Ceillam (vc), Layton Batiste, Lewis Hillier (c), Nick Merrien, George Shannon, Dom Rice, Douglas Horrocks; Malcolm Barnes, Owen Thomas, Anthony Armstrong, Elia Morisio, Jason Batiste, Jim Elliott, Luke Sayer.
Replacements: David Anderson, Cameron Craine, Harry Baron, Matt Creber, Dale Martin, Chris Ahne, Tom Teasdale.