Diss in dominant form
A comprehensive 62-0 victory over visitors Harlow secured Diss home advantage for their rugby play-off final in two weeks' time. From the kick-off Harlow launched a series of strong attacks which put the home side's defence under pressure.
A comprehensive 62-0 victory over visitors Harlow secured Diss home advantage for their rugby play-off final in two weeks' time.
From the kick-off Harlow launched a series of strong attacks which put the home side's defence under pressure.
However, having weathered the early storm, Diss got on the scoresheet with just 10 minutes gone when a trademark catch and drive move was launched, with No 8 Andy Horne grounding the ball after the pack crossed the Harlow try-line.
Just three minutes later full-back Chris Beaird made good ground from deep before off-loading.
He was then able to receive a return pass before scoring to the right of the posts. Skipper Adam Williamson converted.
Diss next profited following a turnover in the loose, when the ball was quickly moved down the line before second-row Paul Cayley scored in the corner.
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A difficult kick was converted by Williamson.
From a line-out flanker Ali Butler burst through the middle before being stopped by a desperate tackle. He was able to off-load to hooker Mike Fuller, who scored an unconverted try, which gave Diss a 24-point lead at half-time.
Following yet another Diss turnover in the loose, the ball was passed swiftly down the line to centre Steve Hipwell, who powered past his opposite number to score a converted try under the posts.
It took just two more minutes before winger Warren Wilby picked up the ball from a line-out and out-paced the Harlow defence before scoring.
Josh Williams and Aaron Bliss replaced prop Tim Groom and winger Ross Wardlaw respectively as Diss continued to pile on the points.
Another Diss penalty was put into touch on the five metre line, and Diss caught and drove from the resulting line-out.
Hooker Mike Fuller scored a further converted try, after the pack crossed the try-line.
Just a minute later, second row Ollie Marriot burst through the Harlow defence, before selflessly off-loading for Aaron Bliss to score a try which Williamson converted.
It was not long before the favour was returned, when winger Bliss intercepted from a Harlow attack.
He passed the ball to Marriot, who scored an unconverted try near the corner.
The final score of the game came when the Diss pack powered upfield for Fuller to score his second try of the game.