Eastbourne Rugby Club started their Sussex Spitfire one campaign in emphatic style after they saw off the challenge posed by Lewes II.
The Blue and Golds won the match by 33-17, having scored four tries on the way to a first victory in the opening match of the competition.
Mal Chumbley, director of Eastbourne Rugby Club, said, “It was a positive start to the season, and an opportunity for us to measure our progress from pre-season.
“We learnt what we are good at, and what we need to develop further. The boys gained a little bit of confidence, and we are going to continue training hard this week on Tuesday and Thursday in preparation for the match at home next Saturday against Newick.”
Eastbourne took the game to the hosts, retaining possession early on in proceedings, while Matt Webb and Richard Barron made their presence felt in the scrum for the away side.
The impressive start from the coastal club culminated in an early try from James Geitzen, who made the decisive break for the try line after a slick passing move down the line.
However, Lewes, fought their way back into the game and scored a try soon after, which brought the home side back into contention.
Eastbourne, though, came back with another try, this time from Adam Tennant who converted after the side’s forwards won the ball from a turnover scrum.
The away side were largely in control, until a brief lapse in concentration gave Lewes a chance to add to the scoreline, which they duly took.
This was though to be the last real sign of intent from Lewes, as Eastbourne dominated the remainder of the match, and added three further tries, as well as a well-taken drop-goal at the end of the second half from Tennant.
A wonderful chip-and-run try from James Coulthard was arguably the pick of the bunch, while Matt Mottram’s maiden conversion for the side gave Eastbourne a valuable bonus point.
Man of the Match voted by Eastbourne’s Spectators: Luke Sage Tries Scored: James Geitzen, Matt Mottram, Nick King, James Coulthard,
PICTURED: Mal Chumbley