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Diss U14's tour success

PUBLISHED: 09:20 09 April 2009 | UPDATED: 11:01 12 July 2010

Diss U14 line up for the camera.

Diss U14 line up for the camera.

Fresh from their Norfolk Cup triumph, Diss U14 went on a West Country tour and returned undefeated.

They had beaten Walcott, Bath, and Cirencester U14 in convincing style.

Fresh from their Norfolk Cup triumph, Diss U14 went on a West Country tour and returned undefeated.

They had beaten Walcott, Bath, and Cirencester U14 in convincing style.

Diss beat Walcott 33-5. After expecting a damage-limitation exercise when they arrived to see opponents who dwarfed most of their own team, Diss showed yet again that they are no respecters of size.

They got off to a dream start when Kieran Baines caught the they ball from the kick-off and ran straight through the entire Walcott side to score under the posts. Joe Paul narrowly missed out on a try when he chased a kick by Jack Scott and fly-hacked it marginally too far.

Harry Youngson then scored the first of his brace of fine tries which bracketed half-time, dancing through the Walcott defence both times.

The Diss forwards now began to dominate their larger opponents with Harry Croft and Markus Wyatt clearing up round the fringes and Harry Purves punching holes through the middle.

The forward superiority led to increased confidence in the backs and when Ben Evans decided to break from his own 22 he soon found himself clear of the cover to touchdown under the posts.

Another Kieran Baines try finished the game after Oli Tomson, providing fine service to his backs, sent the ball down the Diss line to find the large forward lurking on the wing to finish off the move.

Diss then beat Bath 24-19.

This was a tight match against a well drilled side in which Will Owen scored a hat-trick of tries. Fraser Baron got the board moving to equalise after Bath came out firing on all cylinders.

Bath took the lead again after intense pressure on the Diss line before Owen equalised just before half-time, spinning off the back of a maul to break the defence.

Tight defence by Jack Pearson tidying up a dangerous kick prevented another Bath score before half-time but the Premiership club's juniors re-took the lead just after the break; Owen brought the scores in line again with a virtual repeat of his first try.

The scores remained tied on 19-all for the next 15 minutes of intense battle in which forwards James Shaw and Tom Beacom scrapped furiously against their counterparts before the Norfolk champions mustered one last assault on the Bath line.

Surjay Rughani and Lawrence Page hammered away at the defence five metres out before Will Owen dived over the line and spun out of a tackle to skilfully ground the ball as he hit the ground to the elation of the Diss supporters.

In another game, Diss beat Cirencester 26-10.

Fraser Baron excelled in this game after being given the captaincy.

Diss soaked up immense pressure in the first half, holding up Cirencester players over their line twice. But it was the tourists who drew first blood in well-rehearsed move initiated by Joe Seaman floating a deft pass to Jack Scott who used his decoy runners well to take out the defenders as he drifted across to off-load to Baron who scorched to the touchline.

Cirencester responded strongly scoring two tries to take the lead going into half-time but Diss showed impressive tenacity to prevent further trespass over their try line.

The second half saw the introduction of fresh legs and surges by the dynamic duo of Will Owen and Matt Warren opened up space for the backs to operate.

Pete Grey tackled hard until the blood ran down his knees and Joe Paul was hauled down inches short of the line as the Diss gradually gained territorial advantage to turn the game around.

Ben Evans dived in low in the left corner converting forward pressure in to points for Diss to take the lead which they never surrendered. Baron scored his second try by out-pacing the cover to the left corner and James Child jinked his way over the whitewash, making fools of two defenders to seal the game.

A testament to the Cirencester defence was that all the Diss tries were scored in the corners of the pitch and this gave Harry Youngson the chance to display his kicking skills, slotting three out of the four difficult conversions.

The Norfolk champions deserve immense credit for their achievement of beating these formidable opponents in the rugby citadel of the West Country.

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