Diss book place in promotion play-offs
Diss 31, Ruislip 8: Diss made certain of a play-off place as an intelligent display of tactical rugby to suit the conditions brought a comprehensive victory made all the sweeter by the news that London Division Two North East leaders Staines had been beaten - turning this weekend's trip to West London into a potential title decider.
Diss 31, Ruislip 8
Diss made certain of a play-off place as an intelligent display of tactical rugby to suit the conditions brought a comprehensive victory made all the sweeter by the news that London Division Two North East leaders Staines had been beaten - turning this weekend's trip to West London into a potential title decider.
Playing into the face of a gale in the first half the home side played a tight game to take atwo point lead into the in interval. But in the first 15 minutes of the second half they destroyed their opponents with an attacking burst that saw them score and convert three tries.
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For the first 15 minutes the visitors mounted a series of attacks which yielded a penalty kicked by Stuart Pearham. Within three minutes Diss replied when fullback Chris Beaird caught the ball in his own half, kicked ahead and made good ground to gather and passed down the back line to centre Warren Wilby, who selflessly offloaded for flanker Mike Fuller to score in the left corner.
The conversion was narrowly missed but Diss turned round with their noses in front.
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From the restart Diss immediately went on the offensive and scored when Beaird made good ground down the right wing before an inside pass sent Andy Thorpe through to cross in the right corner. A difficult kick was converted by Adam Williamson.
Within two minutes they scored again, Thorpe this time proving the provider as he cut through the Ruislip defence before throwing a long pass to left wing Alex Kelsall, who rounded two opposition players and scored under the posts leaving Williamson with a more straightforward conversion.
The next try came when Warren Wilby who made ground down the right flank and spun the ball backwards for fly-half Pete Chartier to kick and chase. He outpaced the Ruislip defence to score in the right corner, Williamson again converting.
Ruislip showed their potential as their scrum half Jonathan Wilsoni followed up some good work by their pack to score an unconverted try. But the home side had the last word, Beaird sending Thorpe over for his second try of the game.