Brighton demonstrated why they are league leaders with an efficient six tries to one win over Heathfield on Saturday
The home team are a large well-drilled unit who look very menacing in attack with excellent supporting runners.
When Brighton go forward the ball carrier often has several possible people to pass to whereas Heathfield, who typically attacked in wider channels, often had only one supporting player.
Heathfield did not help themselves with team members still arriving 15 minutes before kick off. Traffic build-up arising from a minor local soccer event caused delays for many and the visitors duly started the game in the wrong state of mind.
Given the relative league positions, Heathfield will have had low expectations from this match but the team management were still disappointed with the performance.
Brighton were clinical from the kick off and by half time had scored three tries without reply. Almost all of the first 20 minutes of the second half was played in the home half, however, although Brighton scored next to secure their bonus point try with 15 minutes remaining.
But the visitors were not downhearted and some consistent pressure eventually saw Ollie Brown make good yards into the left hand corner. Quick ruck ball gave Sam Thewlis the chance to touch down in the corner and Ethan Walker duly converted to make it 26-7.
Brighton collected two more tries in the last few minutes, with their right winger completing his hat-trick and ex-Heathfield player Nick Cherry touching down besides the posts.