David Jackson out to stop Southend Rugby Club suffering third successive defeat for the first time this season

DAVID Jackson is out to stop Southend suffering a third successive defeat for the first time this season when they travel to Ampthill tomorrow.

The Seasiders have been beaten by National Two South’s top two teams – Canterbury and Hartpury College – in the last fortnight.

But Jackson is anticipating another tough test this weekend as Ampthill are currently fourth in the table.

“We always knew this was going to be a hard month of rugby as we played three games in a row against teams at the top of the table and that’s how it’s proved,” said the back row.

“Ampthill will be a tough game away from home, but the boys are confident and are ready to rise to the challenge.

“We will look to improve our attack on Saturday, look for space and get the ball wide.

“We beat them in a tight encounter earlier this season which should give us confidence to go there on Saturday and repeat that performance.”

Southend, who are eighth in the standings, were seen off 23-7 by Hartpury having previously been beaten 27-21 at Canterbury.

However, Jackson remains certain that the Seasiders will still be able to claw their way up the table.

“We have the ability to beat anyone in this competition and should continue to strive to be a top four team,” said Jackson.

“We have progressed well this season and everyone is working hard as a group to win as many games as possible.

“We have yet to give a complete 80 minute performance but when we do not many teams will be able to match us.”

Jackson is also aiming to play a prominent part in that happening having settled well in Southend.

The 28-year-old came over from New Zealand to play for the Seasiders this season and is loving life at Warners Bridge.

“I am really enjoying my time in Essex and the rugby club has looked after my partner Liv and I really well,” said Jackson.

“We are currently staying with a lovely family from the club, the Crawleys, and everyone at Southend RFC has been fantastic too.

“We get great support from our loyal supporters and hopefully we can continue to put in some big performances this season and reward them for their support.”

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