RUGBY: Southend Saxons face a tough looking test at Eton Manor in London One North on Saturday.

The fifth placed Saxons go into the game on the back of three successive wins.

But Manor, who sit in second place, have triumphed in all five of their matches so far this season and Southend skipper Matt Wagstaff insists his side are hoping to spring a surprise.

“Eton Manor are unbeaten so we go into the game as under dogs,” said Wagstaff.

“The game will be like any other, quick and expansive with a huge amount of physicality. As a squad we are looking at putting in a performance that warrants a win but individually we have to be switched on for the full 80 minutes.

“Ultimately, it is going to be a great test for us as a squad to see the level we are at, and I’m looking forward to getting out there.”

Southend will return to action after having last weekend off.

And Wagstaff felt break enabled Saxons to work more on their game.

“Having the week off there was time to reflect, and the conversations around the group have targeted some things to work on,” said Wagstaff.

“However, we have also had some down time as a squad to socialise and refresh our minds and bodies.”

But Wagstaff has also been encouraged by Southend’s recent results and performances.

“The recent results have been a result of the squad playing for each other as well as with a smile of their face,” said Wagstaff.

“Each game is a tough fixture but we set ourselves standards, train hard and the results have been a consequence of that.

"However, we are improving and the results are a great reward for our efforts to keep getting better.