ROCHFORD Hundred secured their first ever victory in National Two South, beating Canterbury 20-19 at Magnolia Road.

Sonny Gay, Jake Spivey and Sam Cappaert all scored tries for Rochford in the narrow victory.

And Hundred’s head coach Danny Cleare was delighted to see his side make history.

“I’m very proud,” said Cleare.

“We had a disjointed pre-season and picked up a lot of injuries so it’s been a tough few weeks.

“But despite the results the players have been great and the attitude unwavering.

“We have had our best two weeks training as of late and that played a massive part in our victory Saturday.”

Rochford triumphed thanks to tries from Jake Spivey, Sonny Gay and Sam Cappaert.

And Cleare felt a strong start was key to the success, despite his side not being at their best.

“We started the game really positively, put Canterbury on the back foot and scored early,” said Cleare.

“But as the game went on Canterbury started to dominate the latter stages of the first half.

“We were far from our best, particularly in the first half where we were sloppy in attack.

“But second half we addressed that and was quite dominant for large periods of the game.

“Fundamentally it was attitude that won us that game.

“The defensive sets in the last 10 minutes was incredible and we were good value for the win in the end.

“But I also need to give a big shout out to Sonny who was immense in his first game of the season and really put in a captain’s performance. “ However, Cleare will not be dwelling on the win.

“The victory means so much to the club and it’s huge for us to get that first National League victory,” said Cleare.

“But it means nothing if we don’t build on it.

“We can’t just sit back and put our feet up as we now travel to top of the league Worthing this weekend.

“But despite going into this game as underdogs we will take great confidence from our win and performance against Canterbury and we’ll go and look to cause an upset.”