Bad weekend for rugby clubs

It was a Saturday to forget for rugby in the area.

Hastings & Bexhill suffered an embarrassing 17-8 defeat away to Seaford, while Rye were thrashed 101-9 away to Sussex One champions-elect Uckfield.

H&B took a brief lead in windy conditions through a Paul Sandeman penalty, but a try in the corner put Seaford 5-3 ahead at the turnaround.

Seaford scored again from a lineout in H&B’s 22 to make it 10-3 and extended their advantage with a converted try in the corner. Anthony Roche pulled a try back for H&B, yet it wasn’t enough.

Rye actually spent the first 10 minutes camped in Uckfield territory, but a missed tackle led to the hosts’ opening try and the floodgates opened thereafter. Rye’s points came in the form of three Luke Cross penalties.

Full reports on both matches will appear in Friday’s Observers.

Standings (played 15 matches unless stated): 1 Uckfield 72pts, 2 Pulborough 53, 3 HASTINGS & BEXHILL 49, 4 Holbrook 49, 5 Burgess Hill (14) 43, 6 Brighton II 33, 7 Seaford 33, 8 Worthing III 29, 9 East Grinstead II 26, 10 RYE 23, 11 Eastbourne II 14, 12 St Francis (14) 12.