LONDON LEAGUE DIVISION TWO NORTH EAST
Basildon 5 Diss 32
Diss served up an element of Christmas cheer by allowing the home side the opportunity to score after two minutes following handling errors on the visitors’ 22-metre line.
Playing into the wind, Giles West’s potential opening try was unlucky to have been disallowed following dynamic total rugby.
Diss now asserted huge pressure on the bottom of the table outfit, and on 13 minutes Matt Richards scored following a peel around the base of an attacking ruck.
On 23 minutes Will Scott scored a second try, initiated from the Diss 22 and involving superb handling from the three quarters. Phil LeLievre stepped up to convert, and the visitors were now very much on the front foot.
A further try for Scott on 33 minutes following approach work from Ewan Lawton enabled Diss to enter half-time dominating all phases of the game, although a high error count was of some concern.
The second half opened with LeLeivre slotting an easy penalty to increase the lead to 15-5. Five minutes later Sean McClure broke from a solid midfield scrum and promptly scorched to the Basildon line, running from within his own half.
The game now deteriorated into stalemate. An ability to take the ball one more phase would have been beneficial at this point.
On 75 minutes West scored the bonus point try and Diss led 25-5 as the game drew to a conclusion. With two minutes remaining a speculative kick through by Basildon was fielded by McClure who unleashed the ball left through the back line.
The ball was recycled to the right and eventually found McClure, now positioned on the wing. He scored and LeLeivre stepped up to convert superbly from the touchline.
A comprehensive win that highlighted progress in a number of key areas, especially the debut of Sam Jacobs in the second row. Jacobs was one of the standout players throughout the game, working hard and putting his body on the line all afternoon.
n Diss III continued their good run in Eastern Counties League Division Three North with a 46-7 win at Swaffham II.
Prop Ed Curtis opened the score with a pushover try and went further ahead when Ethan Page scored out wide. Jo Sides went over for the third try and a 15-0 half-time lead.
Swaffham regrouped and from the halfway line a missed tackle in the centre let them in to score. But Diss took control again, Jay Sides scoring the bonus point try. Benny Goodman set Jo Sides up to score close to the posts before Andy Macalister went through from close range, and in the final minutes Owen Atkinson scored a pushover try.