It’s all in the mind for skipper Tobin

Getting the psychology right is the key to winning away at Folkestone this Saturday according to Eastbourne captain Joe Tobin.

This follows the Blue and Golds’ first home defeat of the season on Saturday and it now seems more crucial than ever that they start to perform on the road.

The second row forward remains upbeat despite the defeat and always knew the size of the task that awaited them in the form of high-flying Heathfield.

“I was happy with the performance to be honest, particularly with the pack.

“It was just a few set-moves in their backs through 14 and 15 which cost us.”

The second half of the defeat was far more encouraging from an Eastbourne perspective and Tobin is hoping his players can continue that into the game this Saturday.

“Yes, it was frustrating at times on Saturday but I just want some sort of reaction and to come away with a good away win.”

Eastbourne’s away form has been largely disappointing with just one victory away from Park Avenue this season.

However with Folkestone sitting just one place above the Blue and Golds, and also experiencing a heavy home defeat on Saturday, it appears an excellent opportunity for Eastbourne to bounce back.

“It is a crunch game.” said Tobin. “I think whoever wins this, will really fancy themselves to go on and finish fourth this season and we feel that we are very capable of doing just that.”

Whilst acknowledging his side have not always played their best rugby when on their travels, Tobin feels that his side have grown as a unit since Christmas.

“There is no doubt that we have been a lot more consistent in the second half of the season.

“It’s all about getting the players heads right and hopefully we can show people just how far we’ve come with a good result and performance on Saturday.”

It could potentially be an exciting end to the season for Eastbourne as they find themselves in the quarter-finals of the Bob Rogers Cup; Tobin admits the taste of silverware is something the players have thought about.

“It is at the back of our minds, especially with the match being a local derby, but we are really just looking to end the season as well as possible.”

Eastbourne travel to Folkestone this Saturday with kick-off at the usual time of 2.30.