ROCHFORD Hundred suffered a tough afternoon against Clifton, losing 85-14 at Magnolia Road.

Lewis Brunger and Jake Spivey scored tries for Rochford in the defeat.

But Hundred’s head coach Danny Cleare felt Clifton showed just why they are so high up in the National Two South standings.

“Saturday was a real tough day at the office against one of the best teams in the league but it’s certainly not a game we will dwell on too much," said Cleare

"We were heavily depleted with over 20 unavailable players that day and many of the lads that did play were carrying injuries and probably shouldn’t have.

"It’s also concerning when I’m having to sit on the bench after three years out just to ensure we had 20 players on the team sheet.

"Playing against a fully tooled up Clifton side that had two lads that played for Bristol the weekend before made the task even harder.

"We showed up and did our best given the circumstances but Clifton were just too good."

Rochford remain 14th in the table and will now be looking to bounce back against local rivals Westcliff at the Gables this weekend.