Eastbourne ready to rise to the challenge

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Eastbourne Rugby Club coach Mal Chumbley insists there was no sense of diappointment after his side’s 45-10 defeat to second-from-bottom Hove III on Saturday.

The loss was only the Blue and Golds’ second of the season so far but Chumbley’s men were not disheartened as they recognised they were up against many higher-level players.

Chumbley explained, “Hove’s first and second team didn’t have a game on Saturday so they put some of their players into the third team’s back line. It was something we were expecting but it was tough.

“We were beaten on ability and, while there was an element of frustration, nobody was disappointed because we realised we were playing against a back line from three leagues higher than us.

“It was a good measure of how far we’ve come and an opportunity to see how far we need to go to compete agianst players in the London One.

“A couple of the lads needed picking up because they’ve never come up against that amount of pressure before, but it’s my job to lift them.”

The defeat was not ideal preparation heading into their RFU Junior Vase cup clash this weekend, where they face a Beccehamian side flying in their respective division.

With a place in the final eight up for grabs, Chumbley is urging his men to get back on the winning wagon at the first available opportunity.

He said, “The last time we lost, to Burgess Hill, we came back with a really strong performance and so hopefully we can bounce back again.

“The lads are all chomping at the bit to put their marker down and we’re hopeful of progressing to the next stage.

“Beccehamian will come here optmistic but we will rise to the challenge.”

KO: 1:30pm at Park Avenue.