Phil’s plea to sharpen up for tougher tests

Roydon, Norfolk. Rugby action from Diss RFC vs Ruislip
Roydon, Norfolk. Rugby action from Diss RFC vs Ruislip

Diss Rugby Club have been told they need to ‘front up’ by head coach Phil Sharpe, or face suffering defeat at the hands of Brentwood.

Diss scraped a 12-10 win against 10th-placed Ruislip to help move up one position in the London One North league, however they now face tougher opposition when they host Brentwood tomorrow (2.15pm).

Having lost to Brentwood earlier in the season 30-24, Sharpe knows his side will need a better performance compared to last weekend, but he is fully confident that his side are more than capable of getting the win.

“All the players need to front up tomorrow, we have to take the game to them,” he said.“I’m looking for the team to continue their improvement from last week, play an expansive game, then we will get the win.”

Looking back at Diss’ victory, where full-back Chris Beaird kicked four penalties for the home team, Sharpe commented: “We got into good positions compared to previous games.

“Recently our forwards have not had the right mental approach, but this time they dominated, which helped us get the penalties.”

Diss are currently seventh in the London One North, 13 points behind fifth-placed Brentwood.

n Diss Saracens edged out Southwold on an emotional afternoon, with both teams standing together for a minute’s silence to mark the loss of former player Martin Sands.

This galvanised the Saracens into a hugely-committed performance, with strong running from the back three of Alan Goymour, Ted Wishart and Stu Awcock.

Up front, the Saracens’ pack dominated, allowing Luke Bailey and John Birgin to run strongly again all afternoon.

Seb Goodge kicked a well-taken penalty for a 3-0 lead, with a long-range kick in the second half from the same player stretching the advantage to 6-0.

Matt Bailey played his best game of the season, making a series of crunching tackles.

n Diss Under-15s lost 22-15 to Fakenham in the Norman Potter Trophy, despite tries from Freddie Wollhouse-Routon, Gregor Shipperlee and Mitch Steven.

n Diss Under-14s edged past Holt 12-5 in the Norfolk Cup, despite conceding the first score eight minutes into the second half.

Captain Angus McDaniel rallied the troops and good play allowed Joe Hegarty to score in the corner.

Number eight Tony Brown scored a vital individual try 10 metres in from the touchline and Luke Burridge drilled over the conversion.

There were strong performances from Alex Hall, Alex Leeder, Oscar Seaman and Hegarty, but Brown and Hayden Watling were named the joint men of the match.