Diss gunning for title
Diss have the London Two North title in their sights after becoming the first rugby team in over two years to beat leaders Staines on their own patch.They took over at the top after Saturday's thrilling 15-13 victory, achieved in front of a big travelling support, and will be crowned champions if they beat Letchworth at home in their final game.
Diss have the London Two North title in their sights after becoming the first rugby team in over two years to beat leaders Staines on their own patch.
They took over at the top after Saturday's thrilling 15-13 victory, achieved in front of a big travelling support, and will be crowned champions if they beat Letchworth at home in their final game.
Diss had to withstand some heavy early pressure and were finally caught offside after 20 minutes. Staines centre Chris Wells made no mistake to open the scoring.
From the kick-off Diss attacked in numbers, and it was the turn of the Staines defence to come under sustained pressure. The breakthrough came when, from a line-out, the forwards gained good possession and drove towards the opposition try line.
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After several attempts they surged forward, showing strength that Staines could not match, and prop Tim Groom grounded the ball in the left corner for a well deserved try.
The conversion was narrowly missed.
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Just before the break Diss were reduced to 14 men when flanker Mike Fuller was shown a yellow card for tackling a player who was in the air. From the resulting penalty Wells hit the post.
Staines upped the pace to take advantage of their extra man and finally broke through for left wing Andy Turner to score an unconverted try in the corner to make it 8-5 at half-time.
Diss immediately went on the attack after the break, catching Staines offside on their own 22. Skipper Adam Williamson coolly converted the penalty kick to level the scores.
Shortly after Diss were restored to full strength and began to look very dangerous in attack.
A superb move saw a long pass reach Alex Kelsall on the wing who used his pace to get through the home defence.
As he was about to be tackled he passed inside to centre Warren Wilby, but the ball was just too far in front of him and was knocked on.
But Diss weren't to be denied and full-back Chris Beaird instigated a move which ended with Andy Thorpe chipping ahead to Kelsall who crossed the Staines line.
Williamson kicked the conversion and after some confusion the referee ruled that the ball had gone between the posts to give Diss a seven-point lead.
Staines then piled on the pressure and reduced the arrears with 10 minutes to go when they forced their way through to score a try in the left corner which they were not able to convert.
It was backs to the wall for Diss after that - but their defence held firm.