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Diss Rugby Club looking for some London 2 North East revenge over Wymondham

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John Bergin admits Diss are looking for revenge when they take on rivals Wymondham at Mackenders this weekend, writes Alex Moss.

The two London 2 North East rivals, who are separated by less than 20 miles, meet for the second time this season tomorrow (2pm).

Wymondham ran out 40-29 winners in the reverse fixture at Barnard Fields back in early October, but Diss captain Bergin is hoping to level the score when the two sides face off again.

John Bergin
John Bergin

“I’m expecting a good game,” he said. “I’m not going to lie, we’re looking for revenge.

“Last year we lost at Wymondham and felt like we let ourselves down in the first half, conceding something like 35 points without reply.

“There’s going to be a big crowd. It’s a big derby. I’m really buzzing for it. Everyone at the club is looking forward to it.”

This time last season, two leagues kept Diss and Wymondham apart. But after Diss finished bottom of London 1 North, and Wymondham were crowned champions of London 3 Eastern Counties, the Norfolk rivals found themselves paired together in London 2 North East for this campaign.

The fixture has added spice after Wymondham climbed above Diss last weekend, after beating Stowmarket 26-17, while Nick Greenhall’s charges sat out as their scheduled trip to Saffron Walden was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

A bonus-point win for Diss (5th) tomorrow, while denying their visitors any bonus points, would see them reclaim fourth spot.

“The rivalry between us and Wymondham is a little bit different to the one we have with Holt,” Bergin said. “We never used to play Wymondham.

“It’s a new rivalry which has developed. They’ve got a new clubhouse, new pitches, and more fans supporting them.

“With Holt, it’s more of a friendly rivalry; we know a lot of their players and get on well with them.

“I’d say it’s a little bit different with Wymondham. It’s a bit more fiery. We had a good training session last night (Tuesday) and we’re looking forward to it now.”

Diss are likely to have a squad close to full fitness, with the availability of Alex Leeder (work commitments) the only question mark heading into this weekend’s derby.

Both sides have yet to taste defeat in the league so far during the early weeks of 2020, with Diss’ only fixture since the turn of the year to date their 76-20 thrashing of Epping Upper Clapton at Mackenders a fortnight ago.

Meanwhile, Wymondham bounced back from a narrow 15-14 home defeat to leaders Norwich before Christmas with victories over South Woodham Ferrers (27-21) and Stowmarket over the last two weekends.

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