Disappointment can be catalyst to promotion

RALLYING CRY: Diss Rugby Club captain Fraser Hall
RALLYING CRY: Diss Rugby Club captain Fraser Hall
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Diss Rugby Club captain Fraser Hall has challenged his side to use the disappointment of their London Two North East title challenge as a catalyst to secure promotion through the play-offs.

The Mackenders-based outfit saw their quest for the championship all but ended on Saturday as a 27-18 defeat away at Chelmsford in a top -of-the-table clash left them 10 points adrift of the league leaders with just two games (10 points) remaining.

And while the skipper conceded the loss was a missed opportunity for the club, he has urged the squad not to reflect on the disappointment as they aim to secure second spot and a play-off place with a h0me victory over third-placed Campion tomorrow (3pm), who sit eight points adrift of Diss ahead of the encounter.

“It was a very disappointed changing room after the game because we had the opportunities to win, but that’s the way it goes,” conceded Hall after the Chelmsford defeat.

“It was always going to be difficult as to whether we could actually catch Chelmsford, but now we just have to focus on that second spot and the play-offs.

“Hopefully the defeat will act as a catalyst now just for the last couple of games.

“We have a huge game now against Campion and if we can win that then it is job done.

“I think we will look back on missed opportunities but if we can go up through the play-offs then obviously it would be seen as a successful season.”