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Saturday, March 2

Regional 1 South East 

Rochford Hundred v Colchester – Magnolia Road 

Second from bottom Rochford Hundred faces an all-might challenge when table-topping Colchester come to Magnolia Road.

While Colchester, with sixteen wins from eighteen to their name, hold a fourteen-point advantage at the summit, Rochford now looks all but set for relegation along with local rivals Westcliff following a 57-7 defeat at Sudbury – their sixth on the bounce. 

Westcliff v Hertford – The Gables

Despite being cut adrift, Westcliff will continue to battle for their supporters when Hertford comes to The Gables.

No doubt, thoughts are already turning to rebuilding next season for the home side, who are currently bottom of Regional 1 South East following eight defeats on the bounce.

Nevertheless, they will have taken heart from a workmanlike performance against HUEL Tring last time out, before slipping 27-22.

Regional 2 Anglia of London & SE

Harlow v Southend Saxons – Latton Park

Southend Saxons can all but secure the Regional 2 Anglia of London & SE title with a win over Harlow, now up to second following a 48-24 victory over Thurrock.

The Saxons hold a ten-point advantage with four matches to play following their 35-20 victory over Eton Manor last time out, in front of a sizable crowd at Warners Bridge – Their seventeen won on the bounce.

Brentwood v Thurrock – King George’s Playing Fields

Sixth-place entertain fifth at King George’s Playing Fields in what is sure to be a well-contested encounter between Brentwood and Thurrock.

Thurrock were beaten by second-placed Harlow last time out, while Brentwood won 48-17 at Holt, keeping their hopes of a lofty finish to the season on track.

Brian Jeeves