Sussex Men’s Rugby 25-5 Sussex Downs
In wet conditions Sussex got their season off to a victorious start against a game Sussex Downs team.
After warming up for all of two hours in relentless rain Sussex got off to the perfect start when Alex Smith caught Hugh Taylor’s kick off and, learning from his mistake against England Deaf last season, sent Jonny Mac clear to score in the corner.
Sussex then spent most of the first period defending their line after being constantly penalised at the breakdown by the referee.
The lead was stretched as Alex Smith broke from a drive off the lineout, but Sussex were soon down to 14 men as centre John Behan was sent to the bin.
The second period saw a complete change in personal and although the team took time to settle there were some strong performances in the forwards from first years Tim Cochrane and Max Evans. Sussex asserted further control when a Panda Waddup break sent Chico over the line.
Further ill-discipline saw Downs get back into the game with a try but Sussex saw out the game with further tries from Will Richards and the impressive Tariq al-Khaldi.