Diss Rugby Club round-up

Diss 7, Dorking 64

WITH the pitch holding up well after a month of harsh weather, basement side Diss RFC hosted Dorking, the league leaders in front of a large crowd.

The Blues started off strongly and pressured the visitors early only to have a generous handling error gifted the Dorking captain, Armand Roux, with an early go ahead try.

Although the Blues pushed into the Dorking half, good phase ball was thwarted by handling errors that resulted in another three unanswered tries and a half-time score of 22-0 to the visitors.

One early replacement was made by the home team when 17-year-old Matthew Briggs came on for the injured Arron Bliss pushing Willie Hemment out to Wing and Briggs to compete at scrum half.

The second half brought similar fortune to Dorking with another two early well-worked tries exposing the Diss defensive line.

In the 16th minute Peter Bray made replaced Josh Williams at hooker.

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Two more tries by Dorking brought up the 50 point mark but the Blues did not give up and kept trying to push for a score. In the 27th minute a double yellow card given to the Dorking captain and Mike Fuller created a platform for Diss to mount a resurgence that ultimately put the Blues on the score board with a try dotted down by Steve Hipwell in the 35th minute, converted by Matt Gardiner.

When both sides were back to full strength Dorking put an exclamation mark on a sound drubbing of the hosts with two more tries making the outcome an embarrassing 64-7.

Diss will have to find some answers this week on and off the training field to get ready for another tough game away to Ampthill next weekend.

Diss Saracens 10, Dorking Dunkers 19

AT last proper opposition for the Saracens – but so unused are they to playing this standard, they conceded three early tries two of which were converted.

When the Saracens pulled themselves together and realised this game was there to be won they upped their pace and scored to good tries of their own and besieged the visitors' try line and were very unlucky not to add to their score.

Veteran Will Foote was, as ever, outstanding and was awarded the Hoxne Hundred man of the match.

Diss 3rds 13, Holt 2nds 8

AN absorbing encounter with several venerable Diss heroes of the past donning their kit and sallying forth against the might of Holt, who quite unfairly brought a bevy of replacement with them.

The first half was scoreless, and end-to-end encounter with the defences of both sides having the upper hand.

Holt having brought on several fitter players for the second period took the lead with an unconverted try by John Ross.

The home side rallied and drew level when Harry Bowden robbed his opposite number and set Chris Smith up for a try from 25 yards.

A penalty goal gave Holt the lead again but was matched by one from Diss to draw level.

The final score to give Diss a well-deserved win came from a kick ahead by Pete Tomson, who whilst admiring his footwork was overtaken by most of the team who swarmed over the line to score a communal try.

Lowestoft and Yarmouth U16 23, Diss U16 43

DISS moved into the next round of the Woodford's Norfolk Cup after a titanic struggle against a much-improved Lowestoft side.

A previous match between these sides this season had seen a much more emphatic win for Diss.

This cup match however only really swung the way of the visitors in the last quarter, their superior fitness being a key factor.

They now look forward to playing old rivals North Walsham in the next round.