Cup clash is far from a priority for Coombs

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Diss Rugby Club head coach Roger Coombs has admitted he has left the decision with his players as to whether or not they want to feature in tomorrow’s annual Harrison Cup clash with Holt, with priorities lying elsewhere.

The two sides meet once again at Mackenders tomorrow (3pm) to battle it out in a friendly annual event to claim bragging rights over the cup.

But after his side sealed their London Two North play-off spot with victory over Campion last week and a Norfolk Cup final clash also on the horizon, Coombs has admitted his focus remains firmly away from tomorrow’s encounter with the players given permission to take a break from action.

“I’ve left the decision with the players if they want to play or not,” he admitted.

“It is a traditional competition and so I can’t stop anyone from playing but I would rather they didn’t because it is a good opportunity to rest. I myself won’t be at the game, nor will I be picking the team.

“It is not a big priority for me and with the play-offs coming I don’t want anyone getting injured and hampering our chances of going up.

“Some people might not agree with my stance but this could cost us the play-offs and to me gaining promotion is far more important.

“It has been a tough old season, I have to prioritise and take the professional view of giving my team the best chance of gaining promotion.”