Forwards stay strong as win streak goes on

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Eastbourne 23, Midhurst 3

The Blue & Golds ran out winners against bruising opposition at Hampden Park to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

Eastbourne came up against a bold Midhurst pack and a quicksilver back division which asked questions throughout.

The Eastbourne forwards refused to be intimidated territorially and by the end were completely dominant.

Aikenhead and Tennant continued to build their half back pairing and James Coulthard was as solid as ever at full-back.

Eastbourne suffered an early loss when captain Joe Tobin departed after five minutes, replaced by James Gietzen with Redman reverting to flanker.

Midhurst pressed hard for 15 minutes but began to labour and Adam Tennent kicked two penalties to reward Eastbourne as the half time whistle approached.

On the stoke of 40 minutes, a fine piece of work by Luke Sage put Tennant into space which allowed the fly half to run a clever angle to deceive the defence and Jon Oakey found himself in space to cross in the corner.

After 65 minutes another break by Tennant put Sage away in space down the left and he needed no second invitation to touch down under the posts for a converted try.

Following stoppages for injury, Tennant was able to score himself with five minutes remaining.

A fourth try would have given the bonus point but it wasn’t to be and team were left to rue a missed opportunity for more.

The Blue and Golds will hope to maintain their fine start to the season when they visit Hove II on Saturday.

Eastbourne: Barron, Oakey, Webb, Mottram, Chilvers, Tobin, Turner, Hancock, Aikenhead, Tennant, Clark, Cousins, Redman, Sage, Coulthard.

Subs all used: Edwins, Imich Gietzen.

MoM: Russell Aikenhead for a workmanlike performance for the full 80 minutes