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Diss rugby captain pleased with early return in league following draw at home to league leaders Norwich

Diss Rugby Club captain John Bergin was full of praise for his side’s 17-17 home draw to London 2 North East league leaders Norwich on Saturday.

They are the first side to take any points off the table toppers while also limiting them to their lowest points total in a match this term.

Bergin said it was a far cry from their form last year, which saw them win just one league match all season and relegated.

Rugby action from Diss v Norwich - John Bergin..Mark Bullimore Photography 2019. (19998267)
Rugby action from Diss v Norwich - John Bergin..Mark Bullimore Photography 2019. (19998267)

“I’m happy with where we are,” he said. “If you’d offered me three wins, a draw and a loss from our first five games before the start of the season, I’d definitely have taken it.

“It’s been the toughest start of all the teams in terms of who we’ve played too, and that means we will only get stronger.

“We’re finding our feet again after a really tough year and we’re enjoying ourselves; it’s much more fun already.

“There is already more positivity and a good vibe around the club, and things can only get better from here.”

He added it was ‘definitely something to build on’ going into tomorrow’s trip to Romford & Gidea Park (3pm), with the side sat in fourth position, just three points off the top of the table.

He said: “We know Romford pretty well. Apart from the last few seasons, we have traditionally been in the same league – this one – so we know we should expect a tough game.”

“Our last game was also the first time we have missed out on the try-scoring bonus point, so we’ll be hunting for that on Saturday.

“We said we want bonus points from every game this season.

“We have plenty of confidence right now, and we’ll go to Romford confident of another five-point win.”

He said it was ‘massive’ to see the level of intensity on show from his team in the Norwich draw.

He said: “Norwich have scored very heavily in their first few games so to keep them to just one try is an achievement in itself really.

“It was an exciting one for the fans to watch as it’s been a while since we played them but it’s definitely something to build on.

“It was a funny old game that could have gone either way actually, so I’m happy with it; we had two yellow cards so had to play 20 minutes of the game against the team at the top of the table a man down.”

He added that both first team players Jorge Serruys and Shaun Blythe – both of whom scored for Diss against Norwich – were having outstanding seasons so far and had been fundamental to the team’s good form.

“They’re playing absolutely brilliantly so far, really stand-out performances,” he said.

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