Diss grind out a result
Diss ground out their ninth successive league win in this typical local derby with a combative performance, beating Bury St Edmunds 15-3.Two tries from hooker Richard Horne at either end of the game and a penalty and conversion from full-back Chris Beaird made up the points.
Diss ground out their ninth successive league win in this typical local derby with a combative performance, beating Bury St Edmunds 15-3.
Two tries from hooker Richard Horne at either end of the game and a penalty and conversion from full-back Chris Beaird made up the points.
The home side started strongly and second row Ollie Marriot soared high at a line-out to take the ball cleanly. The Diss forwards mauled their way towards the line and the ball was smuggled back to Horne who was able to ground the ball near the corner flag. The conversion was narrowly missed.
Diss maintained their dominance and only a series of errors at crucial times stopped them adding to their score. In the 12th minute a penalty was awarded to Diss in front of the posts after Bury were caught offside, and Beaird made no mistake with the kick.
From this point the game became somewhat fragmented, being disrupted by a combination of the referee's whistle and injuries.
Diss seemed unable to build on their earlier superiority and Bury began to come into the game.
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In the 28th minute they were awarded a penalty after a Diss player was penalised for not rolling away and full-back Beukies converted the kick.
The hosts then missed a penalty of their own so they went in at the break with an 8-3 advantage.
Diss began the second half as they had the first, exerting huge pressure on the Bury defence.
In the first 10 minutes several promising moves were brought to a halt by either a knock-on or a penalty award.
Bury had their moments but the game continued to suffer from disruption, with passages of play being short, and no discernable pattern emerging.
With just 10 minutes remaining Ali Butler replaced Chris Howard in the second row, followed shortly by Warren Wilby replacing Aaron Bliss on the wing.
The game looked to be drawing to an uneventful close, but Diss had other ideas.
Following a penalty awarded when Bury were caught offside, the ball was kicked out for a five metre line-out. Marriot once again got good possession, and the forwards launched a surge that saw their opponents driven backwards.
As the pack crossed the line it was once again Horne who was able to ground the ball for the try, which Beaird converted. Seconds later the referee blew for full-time.