Holt brothers inspire Holbrook charge

Action from Holbrook's win against Newick
Action from Holbrook's win against Newick

Andy Etherington and Nick Holt helped themselves to five tries between them as Holbrook leapt up two places in the Sussex 1 table with a 36-7 defeat of Newick.

Both teams served up some entertaining rugby, but it was Holbrook’s Rob Haggert and Greg Holt who proved the difference - Holt combining well with brother Nick to set Etherington away for the opening try, converted by Alex Meredith.

That prompted a sustained period of pressure which was rewarded when Greg Holt collected a loose Newick clearance and sparked a three quarters move which saw Matt Sprigge go over for a converted try and a 14-0 advantage at the break.

The second half started with a bang for Holbrook as Nick Holt benefitted from a tremendous 50 metre surge by prop Haggert, which included an outrageous dummy, to score another converted try for a 21-0 lead. Newick responded with a spell of pressure and a score of their own, but poor kicking from defence handed tries to Etherington and the tireless Nick Holt, who added another after a neat exchange between Greg and Meredith.

Skipper Paul Davey said: “We have worked hard in training and we do need to put in some more work in if we are to finish the season strongly.”