Chumbley insists his players must regain focus

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Eastbourne Rugby Club coach Mal Chumbley is hoping his men can stay ‘mentally robust’ as they look to return to action against Hove III this weekend.

The big freeze beat the Blue and Golds last weekend as their fixture with basement club Midhurst was postponed but, with weather seeming to have cleared up across most of East Sussex, it’s hopeful their visit to Hove will go ahead.

And, if it does, Chumbley insists the aim will be for his players to keep their heads in the game following the short break.

He said, “I think the main challenge for us is, when we get these interruptions, to be able to stay mentally robust and get back into focus.

“The work we’ve done so far this season on our structure and foundations should allow us to be consistent. We have confidence we can use the experience we’ve built to continue our good form.”

Hove III sit second from bottom of the Sussex Spitfire table with just one win to their name so far this season. The heaviest of their ten defeats so far this term, though, was at Park Avenue when Eastbourne ran away with the 61-3 victory.

And now, ahead of the Blue and Golds’ trip to Hove’s stomping ground, Chumbley hopes his men can capitalise on the seeds of fear planted by that previous result.

“While it’s a public message from all coaches to ignore the past result, subconsiously I think there will be some players with a doubt in their mind.

“If we can exploit that early on, we have the advantage to push home.”