Thrilling win for Diss
DISS RFC have their second home match in a row when they welcome the teams from Old Albanians to Mackenders this Saturday. After last week's emphatic win over Sutton and Epsom, Diss face a team above us in the league, and who have beaten both Walsham and Bracknell this season, so the spectators can expect a hard-fought game.
DISS RFC have their second home match in a row when they welcome the teams from Old Albanians to Mackenders this Saturday.
After last week's emphatic win over Sutton and Epsom, Diss face a team above us in the league, and who have beaten both Walsham and Bracknell this season, so the spectators can expect a hard-fought game.
Coach Gavin Brock has made one change to last week's side with Matt Gardner returning from university to play at 10.
The Saracens play Old Albanians II at Mackenders (kick-off 3pm).
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Again, like their first XV, they are known as a big, strong side, and the Saracens will have to be on top of their game to beat them.
The thirds are also at Mackenders (kick-off 3pm). The fourths are away at Norwich (kick-off 3pm).
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Dis 32, Sutton & Epsom 3
Diss returned to Mackenders to thrill the crowd with a convincing win over bottom- of-the-table Sutton and Epsom.
While the team needed maximum points after three defeats in succession, it was the manner of the victory that pleased the large and vocal crowd most.
Yet again coach Gavin Brock was unable to pick from a full-strength squad, but was able to welcome back some players.
Sutton & Epsom had the advantage of the strong wind in the first half, but Diss started the better, with a good move through the backs that ended in a forward pass.
Sutton were then awarded a series of penalties, which gained three points.
Chris Beaird kicked a penalty to even the scores, before both sides were reduced to 14 men following yellow cards. Beaird unluckily hit a post in the swirling wind and at half-time the scores were level 3-3.
Diss started the second half on the front foot, with a good run by Andy Thorpe leading to a penalty for a deliberate knock-on near the try line, and Beaird was able to score the three points. Greg Gaughan then replaced Mike Fuller.
The whole side then began to show their dominance with good work by the pack, and speed and good handling by the backs.
Following a long kick by Sutton, Beaird beat the defence and off-loaded to Andy Thorpe who scored with a trademark dive into the corner, with the conversion again hitting a post.
Josh Williams replaced Matt Richards, and following good work at the ruck by Deaglan Hall, the box kick from Rhuan Jones was chased into the corner by Thorpe but the ball just beat him into touch.
Diss were by now camped in the Sutton half, and following a hurried kick from their winger behind his own line, the ball went straight into the arms of Alex Kelsale, who ran through the defence for a try under the posts, converted by Beaird.
A quick tap from a penalty by Jones then led to Thorpe sprinting 50 metres to score under the posts, again converted.
In the last few minutes, a good catch and drive by the pack led to Will Farrer breaking tackles to score, again converted.
With Diss scoring four tries it meant that they earned the bonus point that could be so vital come the end of the season.
Meanwhile, the Saracens again lost in the last few minutes, going down 19-15 against Sutton & Epsom, the thirds won 87-0 at Lowestoft and Yarmouth, and the fourths drew 17-17 at Crusader Medics.