ROCHFORD Hundred will be hoping for a more consistent performance when they head to Clifton in National Two South on Saturday.

Rochford produced a strong second half performance in Saturday’s 34-28 defeat to table-topping Redruth.

And head coach Cleare now wants to see his side impress throughout the 80 minutes.

“On Saturday you would have seen the worst and the best of us,” said Cleare.

“In the first half we were far too passive in defence and gifted Redruth easy front foot ball and that just allowed their nine and 10, who were fantastic players, to just dictate play, and at times they cut us to shreds.

“The second half we won 21-3 and almost scored another if it was not for an amazing cover tackle to hold Chris Dudman up over the line.

“But in the second half we defended fantastically and were aggressive in our hits.

“When we had the ball we attacked with real tempo and scored a couple of brilliant tries so we want more of that now.”

Rochford have slipped to 14th in the standings following a fifth successive defeat.

But Cleare felt there were positive signs on Saturday.

“Although you are never truly satisfied when losing I feel like we can take a lot of positives from our second half performance,” said Cleare.

“A lot of teams would have rolled over at being 31-7 down at half time but we showed unbelievable character to come out and completely out play the best team in the league at the moment.

“Our scrum was dominant all game and we’ve scored four tries against the team who has the best defensive record in the league.”

However, this weekend will not be any easier for Rochford as they take on a Clifton side currently sitting third in the table.

“This week we are expecting one of our toughest fixtures of the season,” said Cleare.

“Clifton are a great team that are well coached and they’re coming off the back of beating Worthing away.

“Clifton also have the best attack in the league statistically so we’re fully aware it’s going to be a real battle down there.”

Rochford will give a first team debut to centre Wouter Roters this weekend while Hundred are also hoping to have Sonny Gay and Ricki Gould back in the squad.

Elsewhere in National Two South, bottom of the table Westcliff - who have yet to win this season - host fifth placed Worthing