SOUTHEND Rugby Club's coach Kevin Harman was satisfied with his side's performance in their opening friendly at Esher on Saturday.

The Seasiders more than matched their hosts, who won National League Two season, in three 25 minute periods.

And that encouraged Harman ahead of the new league campaign which starts in a fortnight's time.

"The lads produced an excellent performance against a team who ran away with National Two last year," he said.

"They had Rob Henderson, a former Ireland and British Lions international, in their team along with an Italian international and several English counties player but we matched them and I was very encouraged."

Southend triumphed in the opening 25 minutes, outscoring the Surrey with three well worked tries which included a fine individual effort from winger Tyson Lewis.

Esher gained revenge in the second period winning by two tries to none and they also came out on top in the third period by three tries to two.

Chris Waring touched down for Southend during that spell with Harman making several changes to the side.

"We used 21 players in the end so it was a good work-out," he said.

"We looked good physically which is excellent news and the players are in good condition."

Southend, who will be playing in National Two for the first time ever this season, continue their pre-season preparations at home to National League South Canterbury.

The Seasiders have completed the signing of young centre Chris Vaughan from Westcliff.

"Chris is a good, promising player," said Seasiders coach Harman.

"He has only just turned 18 but he came in on Saturday and was outstanding against Esher who are a very strong side"