Leaders Pulborough relishing derby test

JPCT-10-12-11 S11500397a  Rugby. Holbrook v Seaford -photo by steve cobb
JPCT-10-12-11 S11500397a Rugby. Holbrook v Seaford -photo by steve cobb

SUSSEX Division 1 leaders Pulborough RUFC have acknowledged they will have to be at their best to beat a resurgent Holbrook in Saturday’s local derby.

Both teams had designs on promotion at the start of the season and while Holbrook made the slower start and Pulborough opened up an eight-point lead at the top, the Horsham-based side claimed a last-gasp win against Seaford to move within a point of second place on Saturday.

Pulborough coach Phil Jennings said: “I always think at home Holbrook perform a lot better than they do away. We need to be at the top of our game to win.

“A lot of the second XVs in the division have become quite useful, so it will be a tough second half of the season.”

Last weekend, Holbrook put the disappointment of defeat to Rye behind them to beat Seaford 20-19, relying on a last gasp-try from George Heron to steal the points.