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Diss Rugby Club captain Frazer Baron looks ahead to their clash with rivals Holt in Counties 1 Eastern Counties on Saturday





Frazer Baron admits Diss Rugby Club will be the underdogs in this weekend’s derby at Holt but says it can provide a chance to showcase their own credentials.

The two Norfolk rivals face off for the second time this season tomorrow (2pm) and head into the contest at opposite ends of the Counties 1 Eastern Counties table.

Nick Greenhall’s Diss are in 10th spot in the 12-team division following a run of one win in their last seven games, while their rivals Holt are in second place and vying for back-to-back promotions.

Angus Germany in possession for Diss during their 31-25 defeat at home to Ipswich YM last weekend Picture: Mark Bullimore
Angus Germany in possession for Diss during their 31-25 defeat at home to Ipswich YM last weekend Picture: Mark Bullimore

Tomorrow’s hosts lost just once in 18 games on their way to securing the London 3 Eastern Counties title last season, and have won their last 14 league games at home, with their last defeat at Bridge Road dating back to February 2020.

Holt edged the reverse meeting at Mackenders 34-31 in September and, with this weekend’s clash also doubling up with the Harrison Cup also on the line, Diss captain Baron wants to upset the league standings and avenge that defeat.

“When you look at the string of results we probably are considered underdogs,” he said. “But I believe in the team we have.

“In training week in, week out with the guys I know what we’re capable of and I don’t think we’ve hit our capabilities yet.

“I think we’re licking our chops a little bit about going to Holt and trying to play how we want to play and getting stuck in.

Nick Garnham in action for Diss during last Saturday's clash with Ipswich YM Picture: Mark Bullimore
Nick Garnham in action for Diss during last Saturday's clash with Ipswich YM Picture: Mark Bullimore

“I’m sure they’re full of confidence. They’re doing fantastic this year but it would be nice to go up there, come away with four tries and a win, we’d be over the moon.

“Holt and Diss have a great history. It’s a long rivalry and we’ve always been kind of close in the leagues that we play in. There’s never been more than one or two leagues between each other.

“I’d like to think both our clubs have very similar philosophies, great minis set ups and everyone afterwards gets together and enjoys each other’s company.

“It is a good rivalry and we are really excited.”

It was a disappointing afternoon at Mackenders for Diss last Saturday as they slipped to a 31-25 defeat to basement side Ipswich YM.

The lead changed hands several times with Diss battling back from 14-5 down to twice edge in front at 19-14 and 22-21, before Ipswich scored a converted try and penalty in the last five minutes to pull away.

Nick Greenhall's Diss will be the underdogs against Holt tomorrow Picture: Mark Bullimore
Nick Greenhall's Diss will be the underdogs against Holt tomorrow Picture: Mark Bullimore

“It was a great game but I don’t think we quite settled into our game plan,” Baron said.

“It was a very close game and it was a bit of an arm wrestle. Credit to Ipswich YM, they played very well.

“From a Diss point of view we’ve got a lot to show our supporters.

“We need to go out there and prove we deserve to be in this league.

“It’s a little bit down to us to look at how we’re playing at the moment and get our confidence back, and I think some strong performances and some good wins will help with that.”



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