West backs his team to overcome cup defeat
Giles West has backed Diss Rugby Club to move on from missing out on a possible trip to Twickenham and refocus on fulfilling their promotion ambitions .
The Mackenders-based outfit saw their chances of reaching the home of English rugby dashed on Saturday as they suffered a 33-7 RFI Intermediate Cup regional semi-final defeat to Maidstone, three steps short of the final.
That result also ended a sequence of six successive victories, but full-back West has backed his side to get back to winning ways against struggling Braintree at home tomorrow (2.30pm) and strengthen their position at the top of London Two North East.
“Being eliminated was disappointing but now we can focus back on the league and challenging for promotion,” said West, whose side are currently a point ahead of nearest rivals Chelmsford. “In a weird way, going out of the cup may help because all our concentration can go back on the league.
“Promotion definitely has to be our aim and if we stick together as a group then there is no reason why we can’t achieve that.
“We are a close knit group and that will stand us in good stead.
“Things have been going really well but we will need to be focused against Braintree this weekend.
“They are struggling, but we don’t want to slip up, they won’t go down without a fight.
“You have to expect a challenge against everyone in this league and that will be the same at Braintree.”