Pulborough ‘must have confidence’

Pulborough RUFC v Tunbridge Wells
Pulborough RUFC v Tunbridge Wells
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Pulborough RUFC have been told to show more confidence in their ability.

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Skipper Richard Nicholls says his newly promoted Pulborough side can compete at this level if they show greater confidence in themselves.

That’s after they followed their opening day mauling with a closer defeat at Ashford on Saturday.

Boro started well but could not convert that into points and the hosts went ahead when their outside centre cut through the defence for a converted try for a 7-0 half-time lead.

Having missed an earlier kick, Alex Ryan slotted over a penalty early in the second half to reduce the deficit. But the hosts sealed the win with a second try from a scrum, and a successful penalty soon after made the final score 15-3.

Nicholls said: “I’m not sure what happened against Tunbridge Wells but this was a lot close, I’m disappointed we didn’t at least come away with a losing bonus point. Competing at this level is not unachievable, we just need to have confidence in each other.”

Elsewhere Holbrook IIs began their league campaign in spectacular style with a convincing 60-14 home win at home against Horley II. Ash Sporne and Matt Sprigge scored hat-tricks, with further tries from Rob McGeown, Jamie Boon, Mike James and Richard Smith.