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Diss dominate friendly

PUBLISHED: 09:45 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:27 12 July 2010

Diss RFC beat West Norfolk 50-0 in a friendly.

West Norfolk kicked off and showed that despite their lower league status, they were going to be no pushover.

Diss RFC beat West Norfolk 50-0 in a friendly.

West Norfolk kicked off and showed that despite their lower league status, they were going to be no pushover.

For nearly 20 minutes the game went from end to end, with both sides missing scoring chances.

However, a typical rolling maul from the five-metre line saw Diss take the lead, with hooker Richard Horne applying the final touch down.

Skipper and centre Adam Williamson, who was to have a great day with the boot, converted a difficult kick from the touch-line.

Just two minutes later, a move that saw forwards successfully combining with backs was finished by the power of centre Steve Hipwell scoring in the corner. Again Adam Williamson was successful with the conversion.

After a successful steal from the base of the West Norfolk scrum by scrum-half Will Hemment, the ball was passed to Steve Hipwell, who charged through the tackles of two defenders to score under the posts.

Adam Williamson slotted over the conversion. Another rolling maul saw the Diss pack cross the line for number eight Andy Horne to score a fourth try that his captain again converted.

The final score of the half came when the ball was passed down the line to reach winger Warren Wilby, who sped past his opposite number to score an unconverted try in the corner. Half-time came with Diss holding a 33-point lead.

The second half was comparatively dull compared to the first, with both sides making mistakes. Diss used all of their replacements, giving the whole squad useful match experience.

Finally in the 63rd minute, Richard Horne scored his second try of the game from another rolling maul, which was not converted. After a great run by replacement Deaglan Hall, the ball was passed to full-back Matt Gardiner, who scored a converted try near the left post.

The final score came after a good steal from a West Norfolk line-out. Prop Tim Groom powered over to score an unconverted try in the corner.

This was a useful game for both sides to try different combinations, and Diss can now look forward to their penultimate league game next week against Harlow, where they need just one point to secure home advantage in the play-offs

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