Hastings & Bexhill’s water-tight defence has been key to the rugby club’s success so far this season, according to head coach Chris Brooks.
H&B have conceded just 33 points in winning their first six Kent One matches - more than 50 fewer than the next best club in the division.
Brooks said: “Our defence is the linchpin of our game. If you look after the defence, the attack handles itself.
“Teams get quite disillusioned when all the time they hit a brick wall. Our back row are very quick off the mark and the other lads in the three-quarters, although none of them are particularly enormous, they’re all very tenacious tacklers and it takes a lot for a team to get past the gain line.
“The turnovers come off the back of our defence and with the pace we’ve got out wide, we can then mount effective attacks.”
H&B will seek to build on their four-point advantage at the top of the table when they host Southwark Lancers tomorrow (Saturday). Although second-from-bottom, Southwark won at home to third-placed Cranbrook last weekend. Kick-off tomorrow is 3pm.
H&B have been very strong on home turf at this level in recent years and Brooks believes going undefeated at Ark William Parker Academy all season is realistic.
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