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Leaders Chingford given something to think about by Diss forwards

PUBLISHED: 08:09 13 November 2017

Diss, pictured in action against Saffron Walden the previous week, gave leaders Chingford a good game at the weekend. Picture: John Grist

Diss, pictured in action against Saffron Walden the previous week, gave leaders Chingford a good game at the weekend. Picture: John Grist

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A determined performance against the league leaders highlighted the fact that Diss are more than comfortable in London One North and should enjoy further success as the season develops.

Chingford duly made it 10 wins out of 10 - but they didn’t have things all their own way and were only 10 points ahead at the break.

Yet again Diss allowed the opposition to score within the opening minutes due to poor defence from the three quarters.

Chingford possess a potent back division and within the first 15 minutes had scored three unanswered tries, all scored by moving the ball at pace and with width.

Diss responded on 22 minutes by eventually getting their hands on the ball and driving close to the breakdown.

Their forwards soon began to dominate and took the initiative, driving Chingford back regularly to re-establish a foothold in the game.

As the game entered its second quarter the Diss eight drove over the line, Hipwell scoring the try and Chris Beaird converting to bring the visitors back into the game.

The visitors continued to put the league leaders under intense pressure and should have scored a further try as the half concluded but a lack of precision and patience meant that they entered the break 17-7 down.

The second half opened with Chingford on the offensive and Diss yet again falling off crucial tackles. A missed kick to touch gave the hosts the opportunity to score another try through the heart of a ruck to establish a dominant lead yet again.

A further Chingford try on 56 minutes soon put the game out of reach although this reverse stirred the Diss forwards back into action. A superb driving maul from a lineout sent Hipwell over the line for the second time and gave the score some sort of respectability.

Unfortunately the wheels did fall off in the last 10 minutes, with Matt Richards being shown a red card and two further Chingford tries being scored but Diss had certainly given the league leaders a challenging encounter, having dominated up front.

Positives will have been taken from the display, with the final score not truly reflecting the nature of the game.

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