Diss 33 Saffron Walden 21 – Diss get season up and running
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Diss, still smarting from their narrow defeat at Basildon the previous weekend, got their London 2NE season up and running with a good win on Saturday.
The hosts started strongly, only to concede an early penalty, but they moved in front when Tom Holt rounded off a good passing movement to score in the corner.
The Diss defence was excellent and the fact that they kept their line intact for the whole match was a direct result of excellent tackling by the threes and the back row trio.
The Diss lead was not long lived however as Saffron Walden scored another two penalties to make it 9-5 to the visitors.
Jack Peacock was having an excellent game at fly-half and his good work put Diss in an attacking position from where they scored a push-over try, the whole pack taking the credit to give the home side a 10-9 lead.
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Again this was not long lived as the visitors scored two more penalties to take a five point lead.
The home side moved up a couple of gears as the second half progressed and a superb break by Warren Wilby was finished off by Fraser Hall to level the score at 15-15.
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Saffron Walden scored yet another two penalties to go ahead by six points with a quarter of the game to go – but the home side kept their composure.
Diss got better and better as the game wore one and a try by Peacock and a penalty from the same player gave them the lead which they were not to relinquish. Two more tries came from team efforts and the home side ended on a high.
The ageless Paul Cayley and John Bergin in the engine room led by example, while newcomer Olly Vincent in the back row tackled well above his weight throughout the entire match.
Diss are away to Rochford Hundred on Saturday.