After two crushing victories in their pre-season friendly matchs against Uckfield and Horsham, Lewes Rugby Club kick-off their League campaign on Saturday at home against one of the clubs relegated from London League One last season, Tunbridge Wells. Kick off is 3pm at the Stanley Turner Ground.
Lewes will be parading their new signings for the new season. They are:
Forwards: Callum Armstrong (back row from Bay of Plenty, New Zealand) and Phil Brunt (front row, Sydney).
Backs: Dom Townsend (scrum-half, Loughborough University); Owen Evans (centre/wing, Newport); Theo Tyrer (wing, one of last year`s Lewes Colts players) and utility back – and former Lewes 1st XV stalwart – Scott Patto.
With their newly-strengthened squad, Lewes are hoping to improve on last year`s creditable League position of third place.
And Seaford RFC started their new season with a double victory.
Both Seaford teams faced challenging opposition as they travelled to Lewes for pre-season friendlies.
Seaford played Holbrook with a strong team, including Ben Joy, who has transferred from the Colts team, and Nick Everson who was absent the majority of last season following surgery on his shoulder.
Holbrook finished third in the league last season and are earmarked as possible favourites to top the league this coming season. This was not evident from their performance on Saturday, though as they were beaten 67-7. Eleven tries and six conversions later and Seaford had shown their opponents for this coming season that they are not to be taken lightly.
Seaford’s victory was an entire team effort, with no-one faltering, and thanks to the coaching efforts over the summer of Paul Burns, returning for his second season as Captain, John Crowley and Les Hunter.
The try scorers were; Dan Kristiansen (proving he is back to his former fitness after dislocating his shoulder during the last game of the season), Steve Dann (awarded most improved player last season and starting as he means to go on with two tries), Danny Newby (last season’s top scorer and now earning a hat-trick in this game), Mark Tait (now fighting fit after a serious knee injury last season), Paul Burns, Piers Culshaw, Josh Sheppard and Chris Burns (two tries).
Ben Cox converted three of the tries before being forced off with an ankle injury; Dan Kristiansen kicked one, and the surprise star kicker, prop John Wilson, successfully kicked two.
Holbrook scored their only points of the game just minutes before the final whistle blew.
This has left Seaford full of confidence for their first league game this week, (September 10), away to Burgess Hill (3pm kick off).
Meanwhile, after a summer of hard-working and focused training, Seaford 2nd XV faced Lewes’ 3rd XV in a match which saw the young team clinch victory with a 14-5 win. Seaford dominated much of the play with the two tries coming from new recruit, Scott Voice, and John Nimmo, a veteran of the club. Luke Taylor, who at the end of last season moved to senior level from Seaford Colts, successfully kicked both conversions.
This is a fantastic start for Seaford seconds and their new captain, Craig Warren, who just last season returned to playing after a serious neck injury.
The seconds’ first league game is on September 17, at the Salts against Rye 2nd XV, 3.00pm kick off.
Seaford Rugby club will be showing all England games in the World Cup, the first being this Saturday, September 10, against Argentina with a 9.30am kick off.