Eastbourne flying the flag for Sussex in RFU junior vase

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Eastbourne Rugby Club won’t be getting ahead of themselves as they hope to take a step closer to Twickenham with a win in the RFU Junior Vase against Bank of England this weekend.

Eastbourne - the only team from Sussex left in the cup - welcome the Hertfordshire Division One outfit to Park Avenue on Saturday knowing that a win will send them into the quarter-finals of the regional section of the tournament.

However, with sectional finals awaiting the winners of the regional competitions, Eastbourne coach Mal Chumbley knows a lucrative final is a long way off and insists his men won’t be getting carried away when they head into their match this weekend.

He said, “I think a lot of people get excited when they see we’re in the final 16 but there are steps beyond this - it’s a long process.

“It’s an old cliche but we will be taking each match as it comes. Bank of England are another good side at a similar level to us who have enjoyed a relatively good start to the season, so we won’t be taking anything for granted.

“Everyone in this competition is at our level, so we have as much of a chance to progress as everyone else.

“We have the home advantage on Saturday and we just hope it’s a little bit drier this weekend than last!”

Eastbourne head into the match on the back of a tough encounter with local rivals Seaford that they edged by 15 points to zero.

Chumbley said, “It was wet and windy but we didn’t let that deter us from playing our game of rugby.

“Our assessment after the match was that it was a professional performance. We did what we needed to do.

“We controlled the game from start to finish and Seaford didn’t really threaten to score.

“The only downside was that we had the opportunities to score a few more points and didn’t, but the result is what counts in the end.”

Eastbourne will be without key player Steve Clark after he broke his hand at the weekend.