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Diss Rugby Club captain John Bergin hoping 2022 leads to more consistent results

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The first half of the season may not have gone to plan, but Diss captain John Bergin is hopeful the new year will usher in some improved fortunes for his side.

The Blues have been ravaged by availability issues ever since the 2021/22 campaign got under way, which in turn has had a major impact on the team’s results.

Diss have won only three of their 11 fixtures to date – form that leaves them ninth in the 12-team London 2 North East standings.

John Bergin is hoping for a brighter run of form in 2022. Picture: Mark Bullimore
John Bergin is hoping for a brighter run of form in 2022. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Bergin, who himself has been forced to miss some matches with a knee injury, said: “If you’d asked me at the start of the season how we were going to fare, I’d have been happy to see us sitting below the top three and somewhere above mid-table.

“It felt like we were in a good place before the pandemic hit and also going into the season after a good summer of training.

“But like a lot of teams we’ve been hit by Covid and injuries and it’s leaving us really short at times.

“Having said that, I don’t think the performances have always got the results we deserved.

“At times we’ve been beaten fairly, but there has been other games when we’re not too far off and worthy of a bit more.”

On paper at least, Diss have a decent chance to kick-start the second half of their season tomorrow when they travel to face basement side South Woodham Ferrers.

The Essex outfit have endured a tough term, losing all 11 of their fixtures and collecting just one point.

Bergin added: “Any away game at our level is difficult, but if we can come away from this one with a victory it will hopefully lift everyone’s morale.

“We’re targeting five points and going for that four-try bonus point.

“We lost our last away game at Wymondham with quite a few players missing, but the boys did well and we’ll be looking for a similar performance at the weekend.”

The second rower is also set to feature in the side after the festive period provided the opportunity to rest a troublesome knee issue.

“I’ve been carrying an injury for a few weeks. I played in the last game before the break and I probably shouldn’t have done, but we were short,” he said. “But the timing of the break could not have been any better for me and hopefully some of the other lads that have been missing have had the chance to recover as well.”

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