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Diss Rugby Club head coach calls on players to learn some lessons ahead of London 2 North East derby with Holt Rugby Club

Diss Rugby Club’s head coach blamed his team’s 34-17 defeat at Stowmarket on Saturday as a failure to learn lessons from the past, as he urged his side to this time heed his warning.

Nick Greenhall said the London 2 North East side failed to learn from their only previous loss of their 2019/20 league campaign, a 40-29 away defeat to Wymondham on October 5.

Disappointed to watch the same performance unfold at Stow, with the hosts scoring three converted tries in the first 20 minutes, he said Diss will need to get off to a much better start tomorrow as they host a derby visit from rivals Holt.

RUGBY - Stowmarket v Diss..Pictured: Callum Roberts (D)...PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (21838173)
RUGBY - Stowmarket v Diss..Pictured: Callum Roberts (D)...PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (21838173)

But recent form will be against them with Holt moving up to ninth with their second win of the season on Saturday, while Diss’ defeat saw them drop from second to fourth.

Greenhall said: “If we approach (the game) well, then we are very confident we can do a good job and play a good game of rugby, but it’s all about that training week.

“If it goes well and we can take that work into the match day, then we will be fine.

“Saturday was not the first time we’ve had a poor first half, it happened against Wymondham as well.

“So there’s something about the way we approached it that meant we started a bit poorly and weren’t as aggressive as we needed to be at the start.

“Our first 20 minutes has been an issue before in previous matches and it was again. I just want us to be competitive and learn – you have to get the foundations right first, and that takes time.

“We are trying to enjoy the game, trying to love what we do and get good bonds with the players, and that takes time.

“I think at the start of the season we’re working on growing that, as opposed to winning the league.

“We’re just looking at every game and trying to learn every game and see where that takes us.”

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