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Cup glory’s in mind, but it’s not a priority

UP FOR THE CUP: Roger Coombs
UP FOR THE CUP: Roger Coombs

Diss Rugby Club head coach Roger Coombs insists his side will be gunning for glory in the Intermediate Cup, but conceded the competition is not their priority.

The club return to action for a third round encounter away at Hammersmith and Fulham following a break over the festive period.

Diss come into the game on the back of a 29-24 success over Saffron Walden and while Coombs is keen for his side to maintain their winning form, he admitted that defeat would not be a disaster.

“It is a competition we would like to win otherwise we wouldn’t be in it,” he said. “Winning becomes a habit and it gives us a chance to get another game under our belts before returning to league action.

“However, it is not my priority and defeat would not be the end of the world.”

Ahead of the tie, Coombs has been dealt the selection blow of Jamie Burroughs, John Bergin, Paul Cayley and Josh Ludkin all possibly being unavailable.

However, despite the absentees, Coombs is taking a positive outlook as he looks set to give a host of fringe players the opportunity to stake their claim in his starting line-up.

“We have a number of players absent, but it gives others a chance to come in and for me to see where the players are at after a break from action.”

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