SOUTHEND Saxons must not become complacent ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Old Priorians, according to their powerful prop forward Collen Smith.

Southend have triumphed in their opening two London One North outings while Priorians have yet to pick up a point.

But Smith feels that will count for very little this weekend.

“It is always important not to be complacent and we are fully aware of the threat Old Priorians could pose regardless of their start to the season,” said Smith.

“They are to be respected and our focus is on ourselves and the work we need to do to continue our good start.”

Southend saw off Old Haberdashers on the opening day of the campaign before defeating Brentwood last weekend.

And Smith feels Saxons will be on a high heading into the clash.

“It’s natural to feel confident after back-to-back wins and both games have also gained the club bonus points,” said Smith.

“We now need to use this confidence to show that we have the consistency to back up this success.

“As we head into each game we put the previous games behind us and try to focus on what can be achieved going forward.”

However, Smith does remain determined to help Southend stay up towards the top of the table this term.

“Like all competitive teams we are of course hoping for great success and ultimately promotion,” said Smith.

“We are aware of the work and discipline involved in trying to make this happen and everyone is working towards the same result.

“We also hope for great support from our loyal fans and community because Southend RFC at Warners Bridge is a great club to visit with a warm welcome.”

Smith is already enjoying playing his rugby in Essex.

And he brings plenty of experience to the team.

“I have played rugby union for more than 20 years now,” said Smith.

“I have worn both club and national colours back in Namibia who, of course, I will be supporting in the World Cup.

“I relocated to the UK when I was offered a contract at Bury St Edmunds.

“While in my second season I played some games on loan at Southend and I enjoyed being part of things.

“This is my first season here permanently and hopefully it will be a good one.”

>THURROCK head to Dartfordians in London One South tomorrow while South Woodham Ferrers visit Wymondham in London Two North East. In London Three Essex, Basildon are at home to Upminster and, in Essex One, Canvey Island host Dagenham.