ROCHFORD Hundred will be hungry to bounce back from a rare setback when they host London Irish Wild Geese tomorrow.

Hundred suffered their first defeat since April 2017 at London & SE Premier Division title rivals Wimbledon on Saturday.

And winger Danny Cleare insists Rochford cannot wait to get back in action.

“This group isn’t used to losing in recent times and it certainly hurt,” said Cleare.

“Any defeat is a dent to your promotion ambitions and you can’t afford to drop too many points as it is going to be really close between three teams. But we’ll regroup and ensure we do everything in our power not to lose again this year and that starts tomorrow.”

Rochford remain second in the standings, two points behind Wimbledon.

But Cleare is unsure what kind of challenge Hundred will be facing against Irish, who are currently 11th.

“I’m not too sure what to expect from London Irish,” said Cleare.

“They haven’t started great but sometimes that makes a team desperate to win and that brings with it it’s own level of unpredictability and danger.

“We’ll certainly be taking them seriously and preparing for a tough fixture.”

But it is also one Rochford will be heading into with their heads held high.

“We want to remain positive because at the end of the day it’s just one slip up we’ve had,” said Cleare.

“The reality is we were way off it and that performance wasn’t representative of our quality.

“You shouldn’t be scoring five tries, conceding three and still be losing the match.

“But I don’t think we’ll play as badly as we did in that first half again, and if we’re taking positives away from the game then we can certainly take away the fact we can dig in when our backs are against the wall.”