Diss book final place with thrilling victory

FINAL COUNTDOWN: Diss (pictured in their 48-0 league win over Holt) are through to the Norfolk Cup final after beating their rivals again at the weekend
FINAL COUNTDOWN: Diss (pictured in their 48-0 league win over Holt) are through to the Norfolk Cup final after beating their rivals again at the weekend
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NORFOLK CUP

SEMI-FINAL

Holt 21 Diss 22

Diss moved a step closer to lifting the Norfolk Cup after overcoming league rivals Holt in a thrilling 22-21 victory to book their place in the final.

Diss opened the game attacking Holt through their forwards and were unfortunate not to open the scoring following a 25 metre forward drive from an attacking line out.

Holt rallied and, following a delightful box kick from captain, Bruce Van Poorlvliet, the home side scored a converted try to lead 7-0 after 15 minutes.

Overall, the game lacked cohesion and pattern and was strewn with handling errors from both teams.

However, Holt were up for the challenge and Diss soon realised that their victory over the same opposition two weeks previously was of little relevance .

On 32 minutes, a dominant Diss scrummage allowed the three-quarters to produce a series of off-loads that eventually opened up space for Philip LeLeivre to score and take his team into half time only two points adrift.

However, the quality of play at the beginning of the second failed to materialise with neither side establishing clear control.

Following poor defensive play, Holt were able to capitalise and advance up field. They secured the ball against the head and released their backs towards the Diss line, scoring close to the posts to take a deserved 14-5 lead with 30 minutes remaining.

Diss responded positively and, following yet another driven line out, the ball was moved swiftly between Will Scott and LeLievre, who sent Sean McClure into a gap.

McClure managed to execute a neat overhead pass allowing Josh Ludkin the opportunity to score.

With the score at 10-14, Diss hit the ground running and attacked at close quarters through their tight forwards. The experience of Tim Groom, Matt Richards and Charlie Crotty established a foothold on the Holt line, securing a third try for Charlie Crotty to give the visitors the lead, 15-14, for the first time in the game.

On 70 minutes, an advancing Diss scrummage secured victory, being awarded a clear penalty try while driving towards the Holt line.

With minutes remaining, Holt scored a further try to bring the game to a grandstand finish, however, Diss had just enough gas left in the tank to see the game out.