Eastbourne Rugby Club produced an uninspiring performance at Medway on Saturday as the adverse weather conditions, combined with the 71-mile jounrney, seemed to unsettle the team.
As cold winter winds invaded the pitch the weather, like the the away team’s form, took a turn for the worse with the heavens opening just before kick-off.
Team captain Joe Tobin said, “This was a disappointing performance and is no reflection on how well we can and have played. We remain confident and look to build on what we see as a minor setback.”
Despite the overall display, the Blue and Golds started the better of the two teams, winning a scrum 10 yards from Medway’s try line.
This ball found its way to Tom Buttle who made no mistake in going over the line for an early try.
But these were the only five points the visitors could manage as the fierce winds hindered both teams for the rest of the game.
The try and missed conversion seemed to spure Medway into life. The home side battled across the half-way line through quick hands from their backs and good support from their fowards.
This resulted in Eastbourne being penalised for holding and was shortly followed by another penalty too.
Trying to kick in these boisterous conditions proved too much for the home team and both early conversions were missed.
Unable to settle and making crucial errors, Medway took advantage and penetrated the left wing to carry over and under the posts.
With Eastbourne’s Dominic Groenen receiving yellow, and conceding another penalty, the home side went in 10-5 at the break.
Brimming with second half confidence, Medway continued to bombard the visitors whose luck seemed to have ran out as injuries forced Paul Keen and Tom Buttle to the bench while Steve Clarke saw yellow.
From here, the home side ran away with the game with good overlaps and fast breakaway tries before finishing the game off at 34-5.
Despite the loss Tobin added, “All of the team are looking forward to Bromley at home on Saturday.”