Another high-pressure game for leaders Diss
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Leaders Diss have another must-win game this weekend when they take on third-placed Cantabrigian.
Diss beat second-placed South Woodham Ferrers by just two points in their last outing, and go into a home game against Cantabrigian after a week without a game.
The first half of that last game saw Diss play their best rugby of the season, but the second half was punctuated by a high number of penalties conceded.
For Diss, the pressure remains, although the evidence suggests they are a match for anyone.
'Diss have the ability, but must maintain their discipline and reduce the penalty count,' said Stu Hudson, part of the Diss coaching team. 'No game is easy in this league, but Diss have the talent to win.'
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What they will need is the best of the South Woodham Ferrers performance.
Hudson added: 'Overall Diss on the day defended furiously and it was a great team performance. Young Ed Hudson played a full game and his effort was immense for an 18-year-old. He was the man of the match along with Ali Abercrombie. A team that can defend as long as Diss did in the second half deserved to win and Diss are still top of the league with five games to go.'
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Holt, second from bottom, are at home to eighth-placed Epping Upper Clapton (3pm).
It is a good opportunity for Holt to record just the second home win of the season. Epping – who won their earlier meeting this season by just two points – have won just two away games and generally found scoring difficult.
A key factor will be team discipline and the ability of players to concentrate on each task before them with cool deliberation. Epping have shown in some matches that their own discipline can be found wanting and certainly cost them dearly in the recent fixture against Norwich.
A call to arms by captain Jim Riley this week has seen a strong set of training sessions and provided a difficult selection for coach Ed Steed, although injuries to some influential players is continuing to cause him problems.
Holt Owls host Beccles.