WESTCLIFF’S Rob Smith will be on a huge high heading to Barnes tomorrow.

Westcliff have triumphed in two of their last three games and saw off Esher 22-17 in their first outing at their new Gables base last time out.

But Smith has since received a further boost after being named the National Two South player of the week.

“It was very pleasing but quite a surprise,” said the Westcliff centre.

“There were so many standout performances against Esher and several players from the squad could’ve been picked.

“Our forwards have been so dominant this year and the hard graft they do up front really makes our life easier in the backs. Every single player works hard for their team-mates and for the club and it’s great to be a part of.”

Westcliff - who were promoted from the London & SE Premier Division last season - now sit 13th in the standings. And Smith felt last weekend’s win, at the club’s new ground, was one to remember.

“The day as a whole was so satisfying and amazing to be a part of,” said Smith.

“It wouldn’t have been possible without the effort from so many members of the club.

“They have given such commitment, time and dedication over the last couple of years to make the new clubhouse and pitches a special place to play rugby for everyone.”

However, Smith also found it quite a strange experience.

“It was a little strange to be playing at the new home of Westcliff after creating so many amazing memories at the Gables over the last 25 years,” said Smith.

“But it was great to start the club’s new chapter with wins not only in the first team but also the third team as well.”

And Smith also feels things are starting to come together for Westcliff at the highest level in their history.

“We are starting to see that any team on their day can beat anyone,” said Smith.

“The big wins against Redruth and Esher are signs we can mix it with the best in this league.

“We are sticking to our strengths and playing with a lot of confidence. Winning your home games is so important in this league. Every week we are the underdogs and we like that.”

Barnes sit immediately above Westcliff in the standings and will not be able to spring a surprise.

“We are very familiar with Barnes and have played them several times over the last couple of seasons,” said Smith.

“They have a lot of quality throughout their team and a pitch that is always difficult to play on. It will be a physical, tightly contested game but we’re confident.”