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Diss Rugby Club preparing for run of London 2 North East derby matches

Captain John Bergin has called on his Diss team-mates to show they have learned lessons from their defeat to Wymondham during an upcoming run of derbies.

The Blues will make the short trip to Stowmarket tomorrow (2.30pm), followed by clashes against local rivals Holt, Southwold and Ipswich.

And they will be aiming to fare better than they did at Wymondham on October 5, when Diss suffered their only London 2 North East defeat of the campaign.

Rugby action from Diss v Norwich - John Bergin..Mark Bullimore Photography 2019. (21444759)
Rugby action from Diss v Norwich - John Bergin..Mark Bullimore Photography 2019. (21444759)

Bergin said: “Derbies seem to be coming thick and fast and we have a big run of them going into Christmas.

“Stowmarket, Holt, Southwold and Ipswich are all local and they will be looking to beat us – we have to be ready for that.

“No matter what league we are in, Diss have a reputation of being a big club and a good team – everyone likes having a shot at teams like that.

“We found that out against Wymondham. They really got at us and their crowd was really into it.

“A lot of our boys were not used to playing in front of a big crowd away from home. In Norfolk and Suffolk they have bigger attendances than in the league above.

“Hopefully we have learned a lot of lessons from that game and we can implement them, starting on Saturday.”

Since that defeat to Wymondham, the Mackenders outfit have remained unbeaten, winning twice and drawing once to sit second in the table.

It is a reaction that has pleased Bergin, who has praised the team for sticking to its principles.

“On Saturday (31-15 win over South Woodham Ferrers) we scored three tries and pushed for a bonus point,” he added.

“It did not look like it was going to come and maybe there was a little bit of frustration, but we stuck to our game-plan and tactics and it came in the 75th minute.

“It has been like that since the Wymondham game. We have stayed true to ourselves and shown we are a good team. Hopefully we can push on from here.”

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