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Diss head coach calls on players to improve after London 2 North East defeat to Ipswich

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Head coach Nick Greenhall has warned his Diss players that they need make some improvements in the wake of their disappointing derby defeat on the road at Ipswich last weekend, writes James Walker.

The head coach was left unhappy with the individual performances of his back-line following Saturday’s 46-10 loss to their cross-border rivals in London 2 North East, giving him plenty to ponder going into the festive break.

It left third-placed Ipswich increasing the gap to fourth-placed Diss to 11 points with half the season now gone.

Rugby action from Diss v Saffron Walden..head coach Nick Greenhall..Mark Bullimore Photography 2019. (17935154)
Rugby action from Diss v Saffron Walden..head coach Nick Greenhall..Mark Bullimore Photography 2019. (17935154)

Greenhall did not pull any punches when asked what led to the heavy derby defeat as he looks for his side to learn from their mistakes going forward into the new year.

“It was probably our biggest loss of the season,” he said. “We have to take on board what happened and learn from what went wrong.

“As a team our defence and attack looks good, but it’s the individual positional skills of our backs that we need to work on.”

On how to improve, Greenhall stated: “There is a clear deficiency with our backs, we need better personnel, we need better quality and also an improvement in training attendance.”

Despite the stern words, the head coach still found some positives to take out of Saturday’s defeat in Suffolk.

“I was pleased with the progress of our lineouts and our defence as a whole, while our structure in attack also looks good,” he said.

Collectively, Greenhall said he is largely happy with his team but hopes a deserved rest over the Christmas period can rejuvenate his side before their next league fixture, at home to bottom side Epping Upper Clapton on January 11.

While most of the first team will be resting, the club’s under-20 players will challenge their youth against the experience of Diss Legends in a traditional light-hearted game on Boxing Day at Mackenders.

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