Nick Kennedy paid tribute to the ‘fantastic’ support his side received from the travelling 1,000 plus London Irish contingent who made the trip to Jersey at the weekend.

The Exiles boss, who watched on as his side were edged out 15-11 by a gutsy Jersey outfit, said the supporters epitomised the values of the club.

“The supporters have been fantastic throughout the season both home and away, and they really stepped it up at the weekend,” said Kennedy, 34.

“I’d like to apologise to the supporters for not giving them the performance that they deserved – the players, staff and everyone at the club is entirely grateful for their unwavering backing.”

After Scott Steele’s 11th minute try, Jersey fought back to go within a score of Irish and three minutes from time Gary Graham crashed over to secure a memorable triumph for the Channel Islanders.

“Credit must go to Jersey as they were superb in every department,” said Kennedy.

“Our performance wasn’t up to standard, which was disappointing and we will need to do better in our next game.”

Remaining upbeat despite his side tasting their first league defeat of the campaign, Kennedy added: “We’ve had a great season so far and we are in a good place at the moment – one defeat isn’t going to affect our plans as we prepare for the play-offs.

“We will analyse the game as a team and as individuals and work from there.”

London Irish’s next home game is against Jersey Reds in the semi-final of the British and Irish Cup on Sunday 2 April followed by the last regular home league game against Rotherham Titans at 3pm on 8 April. Tickets are available from 0118 968 1016 or click here to purchase online.

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