Mal unfazed by importance of title race’s crucial clash

Eastbourne Rugby Club 1st Eleven v Beccehamians. February 16th 2013.
Eastbourne Rugby Club 1st Eleven v Beccehamians. February 16th 2013.

Eastbourne Rugby Club must brush away the disappointment from their RFU Junior Vase exit as they prepare to face a potentially title-deciding clash with Burgess Hill this weekend.

The Blue and Golds go into the crucial league match eight points adrift of the table toppers, knowing that a defeat will all but crown Burgess Hill champions of the division.

However, first team Coach Mal Chumbley insists he is not worried about the self-confessed ‘big game’, unlike their opposition it seems.

“Burgess Hill have been watching us lately. They had people at our game on Saturday, which suggests they’re more worried about it than we are.

“Straight after the final whistle there, we began mentally preparing for the game this weekend. We’ve recovered from defeats well in the past and hopefully can do so again this Saturday.

“If we can regain our performance levels, the results will take care of themselves.”

Eastbourne found themselves in slightly unfamiliar territory this week after they reflected on Saturday’s cup clash with a sense of regret.

Chumbley added, “It’s not been the case too often this season we’ve come away feeling like we could have done better.

“We didn’t execute anywhere near our normal level but the problem with cups is that you don’t get a second chance.

“Afterwards, if we were beaten by a better side, we’d have no complaints, no grievances, but the lads didn’t do themselves justice out there. They recognise that and look to put it right this weekend.”

KO: 14:30 at Park Avenue