Heathfield come out on top in local derby – rugby round-up

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Heathfield & Waldron came out on top in their big local derby clash with Lewes on Saturday (yesterday).

Heathfield bounced back from their narrow 13-10 opening day defeat at Sevenoaks to beat Nigel Baker’s side 13-9 at home in London 2 South East.

The scoreline was close but hosts won by two tries to nil thanks to touchdowns from Joe Woods and Joe Price – his first try for Heathfield.

It means Heathfield and Lewes both have one win and one defeat apiece from their first two league games (after Lewes beat Crowborough 30-26 on the opening day) – although Lewes are in fourth with six points compared to Heathfield’s sixth place with five points after Lewes earned a bonus point against the Crows on the opening day.

Crowborough sit between the both in fifth place following their 10-6 home win over Warlingham on Saturday.

This Saturday Lewes host seventh-placed Tunbridge Wells while Heathfield travel to bottom side Warlingham, and Crowborough visit fourth-bottom Medway.

In London 3 South East Uckfield lost 12-3 at Burgess Hill. With that defeat following their opening day 34-24 defeat at Gillingham Anchorians, it means the Acorns now sit second bottom in the table ahead of their first home league game of the season with Bromley on Saturday.

In Sussex Spitfire 1 Seaford lost 25-21 at home to Rye while Lewes’ 2nd XV went down 27-6 at Eastbourne and Crowborough’s 2nd XV lost 29-6 at Haywards Heath 2nd XV.

With Seaford having lost 28-11 away to Lewes’ second string on the opening day, they now sit in third-bottom 12th place ahead of their game at Crowborough 2nd XV on Saturday. Crowborough – who beat Rye 15-0 on the opening day – and Lewes sit one and two places above them respectively in the table.

In the Sussex Intermediate League Heathfield & Waldron’s 2nd XV lost 19-5 at Ditchling while Hellingly went down 32-22 at home to Hove Volunteer 3rds. Plumpton meanwhile lost 43-14 at Horsham Lions and Newick recorded a 40-0 loss at Midhurst.

Fifth-placed Ditchling host ninth-placed Hellingly on Saturday while seventh-placed Newick travel to top-of-the-table Worthing Senior. Heathfield’s 10th-paced second string side visit fourth-placed East Grinstead’s 3rd XV while bottom side Plumpton host second-bottom Littlehampton.