Rugby: Holt RFC aiming to keep up the good work when they travel to Braintree

Holt resume their London 2NE programme tomorrow when they travel to face Braintree.

The Essex side have surprised many with their poor start to the season, which currently sees them ninth in the league. having won just two games and lost six. Although having gained seven bonus points they are only four points off Holt, who sit in sixth.

Holt however, come into the fixture having finally found some form and continuity, with two fine performances in wins over Rochford Hundred and South Woodham Ferrers, the club's first back to back victories of the season.

Ahead of the match Holt's coaching partnership, Ed Steed and Penny Chapman, however both sounded notes of caution.

'We've targeted this as a winnable game, not one we should win but one we can win. However we suffered a heavy defeat at their place last season and if I'm honest we got a bit of a lesson in how rugby is played in this league, so we have to ensure that we don't take anything for granted or we risk a similar outcome,' said Steed.

Forwards coach Chapman agreeadded: 'Despite Braintree's poor form so far, the fact they've earned so many bonus points, (four try and three losing bonus points) shows they won't be pushovers and will compete for the full 80 minutes, so we need to do the same and be on top of our game.'

Despite having last Saturday off, with a walk-over against Basildon in the second round of the RFU Intermediate Cup, Holt still have a few injury concerns and so their selection committee is leaving its decision on the 18 man squad as late as possible.

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Whilst they will be hoping that the bulk of the side that has played so well in the last two games will be available, they know several other players who had a run out in the second team last week, will also be vying for contention.

Holt will face Rochford Hundred a third time this season, having been drawn at home to them in the Intermediate Cup on December 21.

Holt's II and III return to Woodfordes Merit Table action this weekend, with the seconds, who drew 2-2 with Thetford's firsts last weekend in a friendly, away to Beccles and Holt III, at home to Lakenham and Hewett.

Holt III, who come in to the game on the back of two friendly victories over Norwich, a fortnight ago and Thetford II last week, will be looking to further consolidate their position at the top of Merit Table 2.

All matches kick off at 2pm.