Diss turn on the style to put disappointing results behind them
PUBLISHED: 08:44 22 January 2018
A performance of total dominance and authority saw Diss put two disappointing defeats behind them to record a third away win of the season.
Scoring within the first minute allowed the visitors the opportunity to control the ball and dictate the pattern of play in testing conditions.
A superbly timed flat pass from Aaron Forest sent Connor McBryde slicing through the Letchworth defence to open the scoring.
In previous games Diss have often conceded points immediately. This week however a determined resolve, coupled with an ability to control possession and run intelligent attacking lines, meant that a series of phases set up Stephen Hipwell to score from a five metre scrum to establish a 14 point lead.
The loss of McBryde and Barnaby Chenery through injury hardly affected the momentum with John Laurie returning to support a driving game that was ripping the home side apart. As the first quarter ended Matt Richards secured possession following a series of ruthless drives to score a third unanswered try.
The Diss defence was able to absorb some pressure that came their way and then, through a bludgeoning drive from Hipwell, immediately attack the opposition. He capitalised on a solid five metre scrummage to score his second try of the game to establish a 26-point half-time lead.
The second half opened with a wonderful Diss try that involved the whole team. A continuity of possession and driving runs from Todd Wishart, Forest and Hipwell sent Laurie crashing over to score one of the best tries of the season.
Attacking from deep, Matt Richards should have scored following superb inter-play between backs and forwards alike. Hipwell then completed his hat-trick by seizing on possession from Jake Girdler to crash through five tackles. Diss completed the afternoon with a try for debutant Elliot Rayment who side-stepped his opposite number to score after a creative cross-kick from Will Hudson.
It was a performance of authority from the whole side, highlighted by man-of-the-match Forest who controlled and distributed possession with such maturity.