ROCHFORD Hundred slumped to a 33-17 defeat at Leicester Lions.

The setback kept Hundred 14th in the National League South standings and came after first team coach Danny Cleare felt his side weren’t clinical enough with their chances against tough opposition.

“Saturday was a really competitive fixture against a really in-form team,” said Cleare.

“Before Saturday Leicester had won their last seven home games so we knew it would be a really tough test.

“But that being said we had the majority of the ball and territory in the first half but we weren’t clinical enough and went in at half time 5-5.”

And Leicester were able to take advantage after the break.

“The second half we had to defend for large spells and we defended as well as we have all year,” said Cleare.

“But Leicester kept the ball well and eventually broke us down.

“Despite the result the effort and intensity was there to see and we took a lot of positives away from the game.”

Rochford scored three tries in the defeat with Harry Hudson, Chris Shields and Aston Bevans-Royston all touching down and Chris Dudman adding a conversion.

But Hundred will now be looking to bounce back against Barnes on Saturday.

“This week against Barnes we are looking to push on again,” said Cleare.

“If we can put our defensive work in from the Leicester game coupled with our attacking intent against Barnstaple then there is no reason why we can’t win this game.”