H&B target place in regional semi-finals

Ben Petty suffered a dislocated finger during Hastings & Bexhill's victory over Vigo last weekend.

Ben Petty suffered a dislocated finger during Hastings & Bexhill's victory over Vigo last weekend.

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Hastings & Bexhill Rugby Club is gunning for a place in the semi-finals of a regional knockout competition.

H&B will host Burgess Hill in a London & SE Junior Vase quarter-final at Ark William Parker Academy tomorrow (Saturday). Kick-off is 1.30pm.

Tom Vincent also took a heavy knock against Vigo last weekend.

Tom Vincent also took a heavy knock against Vigo last weekend.

H&B are eight points clear at the top of Kent One having lost only one of their 14 league games so far.

Burgess Hill are fourth in the equivalent-standing Sussex One with eight wins out of 11. Their latest outing was an 11-7 success at home to second-placed Uckfield last weekend.

“It’s a tough game,” said H&B head coach Chris Brooks. “On paper we should be the superior side, but there are some selection issues that we’re going to have to deal with and it’s a case of seeing how we go on the day.”

H&B captain Jimmy Adams is unavailable and several players picked up injuries in last weekend’s league win at home to Vigo.

Bruce Steadman suffered another knock to his face, Ben Petty a dislocated finger and Tom Vincent underwent an assessment for concussion but is thought to be okay.

“It’s going to have a slightly different feel to it next week I would’ve thought,” added Brooks. “But I think we’re in as strong a position as we’ve ever been in terms of strength in depth.”

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