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Regional 1 South East 

Rochford Hundred v Westcliff – Magnolia Road

Despite occupying the bottom two places in the Regional 1 South East division, a sizable crowd is expected at Magnolia Road as Rochford Hundred and Westcliff go head-to-head in what is sure to be a tense and exciting local derby encounter.

Hosts Rochford put up an encouraging performance at Tring last time out, but ultimately slipped to their seventh successive defeat as the home side recorded a 28-15 victory.

Meanwhile, Westcliff was on the wrong end of a 17-12 setback at the hands of Old Northamptonians. The visitors snatched the victory late in what was otherwise a well-contested match at the Gables.

With just a single point separating the sides, Saturday’s victors know they will go into the New Year off the bottom of the table.

Regional 2 Anglia of London & SE

Southend Saxons v Thurrock – Warners Bridge

Southend Saxons will take another sizable step towards the Regional 2 Anglia of London & SE title should they extend their winning sequence when Thurrock visits Warners Bridge on Saturday.

Last weekend’s 34-19 triumph at Holt was the Saxons’ eleventh win on the bounce, extending their advantage at the summit to nine points over second-placed Woodford.

Thurrock were beaten 35-12 by the Saxons when the pair met back in September. They warmed up for the weekend with a 27-12 win over Saffron Walden.

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