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Woodford head into their crunch London One North clash with Diss on Saturday fighting fit and raring to go.

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The team had the day off last weekend and it has given some of the players with knocks and niggles the chance to get over injuries.

And it was much-needed after a bruising encounter with leaders Westcliff the previous Saturday, says coach Andy Murphy.

He said: “The players needed a bit of a break.

“We’ve got a few injuries and knocks and the week off has come at exactly the right time. The game against Westcliff was incredibly bruising, and we spent a lot of time without the ball.

“The two-week break will have done us good.”

Woodford’s three-game winning run came to an end as they lost 60-7 to a strong Westcliff outfit.

But the match against Diss is doubly important as they are one of Woodford’s relegation rivals – and handed out a 41-13 beating in the reverse fixture.

“It’s a really important game,” added Murphy. “It’ll go a long way to deciding whether we stay up.

“They did a number on us in the return game when we weren’t at full strength and got dominated in the scrum and set-piece, which is very unlike us.”

The coach admitted that his Woodford team is partly motivated by revenge.

Murphy wants his players to give their rivals a ‘proper Woodford performance’ – something they failed to do first time around.

He added: “The first game will add a bit more spice to the occasion.

“We’re pretty much back to full strength, other than a couple of long-term injuries which we knew we would be without.

“We’re looking forward to the game.”

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