Norwich will have big point to prove against Diss

Action from Diss's 37-7 win against Norwich (red) at Mackenders, Stu Seppings sets up a maul, but mi

Action from Diss's 37-7 win against Norwich (red) at Mackenders, Stu Seppings sets up a maul, but misses tomorrow's clash due to injury. Picture: Andy Micklethwaite - Credit: Andy Micklethwaite

Norwich play host to Diss in the Woodfordes Norfolk Cup semi-finals tomorrow, a week after suffering a 36-7 defeat at their hands in a league game in London 2NE.

Norwich were without several players last week through injury and unavailability and this time field a slightly different side.

Matt Girling returns at hooker and Pip Scott and Matt Selby are the props. With Stu Seppings and Si Darby having both picked up injuries last week, Chris Drohan joins captain Gareth Leake in the second row and Dave Micklethwaite returns at seven. In the backs, Jonny Wheater comes back at fly-half and Callum MacAulay is on one wing with Jordan Tucker on the other. Pete Hosking and George Pope are the front row replacements.

Norwich will be hoping that the return of some of their players and the home advantage will boost their chances to make an exciting match after a very creditable first half performance last week which restricted Diss to just five points, followed a poor second half as Diss played an expansive game.

Coach Jonny O'Brien said: 'We haven't played as well as we can in either of the games against Diss this season but this game gives us a great opportunity to put that right with a good performance in front of the penultimate home crowd of the season.'


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Director of Rugby David Everitt added: 'It has been many years since Norwich got through to a Norfolk Cup final. We are not going to be promoted or relegated so this is something positive for the players to focus on. We are taking this cup game seriously.'

Kick-off tomorrow is at 3pm.

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