Rugby skipper Clark insists room to improve ahead of Pulborough clash

Steve Clark
Steve Clark

Eastbourne Rugby Club picked up their second win of the London South East three campaign against Burgess Hill but skipper Steve Clark believes there is still room for improvement.

The Blue and Golds ran out comprehensive 62-25 winners at Park Avenue last Saturday as James Grey helped himself to a hat-trick of tries while loose head prop Josh Imich received a well-deserved man of the match award following his impressive display.

Clark was happy with the victory but felt standards slipped in the second half.

He said, “At the start of the day we would have taken that and been very happy with that. “First half we were excellent, we played to our pattern and were up for it.

“But I think the second half we let our standards slip. The discipline went a bit, we were trying to be too clever with off loads and against better teams we will come up short if we play like that.

“But it was a strong Burgess Hill team. They took it to us and fair play to them for coming back at us in the second half. Next week we will come back stronger and hopefully get another win.”

He added, “You can see the preseason work is telling. The fitness was good especially first half up the hill and the patterns were good.

“It just shows when we play patterns we score a try.”

Chairman Fraser Brooks added, “It was a superb display, the scoreline says it all and the lads should be very proud of their efforts.”

The Blue and Golds will aim for their third win of the season tomorrow (Saturday) as they welcome Pulborough to Park Avenue for a 2pm kick off. Pulborough have an almost identical record to Eastbourne so far this season having won twice and lost once.

They are in third place in the table, just one point above the Blue and Golds.

Cranbrook, who inflicted defeat on Eastbourne, top the table on 11 points from three matches.

Burgess Hill are bottom having lost all three.