Diss run in 10 tries to ease to emphatic win

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LONDON LEAGUE

DIVISION TWO

NORTH EAST

Diss 60

Basildon 10

Diss ran in 10 tries to secure a comfortable victory against relegation-threatened Basildon to maintain third place in the table.

At times Diss were at their sublime and ruthless best, however an honest appraisal of the second-half would also suggest that the home side left at least another 20 points on the park.

Early pressure from the hosts and intelligent kicking from fly half Sean McClure set up an attacking series of scrummages on the Basildon line, where number eight John Laurie broke from the base of the scrum to give Diss first blood and establish control.

To Basildon’s credit they never threw the towel in and competed with determination all afternoon, but on 13 minutes the home side secured fast ball following a Laurie break from within his own 22, which released Ollie Darwell-Taylor through the middle of the field.

After jinking his way from the halfway line to score a most-accomplished individual try, McClure converted to put Diss further ahead.

Four minutes later, following a decisive break from Chris Craven, Philip LeLievre touched down to extend the host’s lead, thus indicating that the dry, sunny conditions were going to allow Diss the opportunity to play an open and expansive style of rugby.

On 30 minutes Kieran Pask scored an unconverted try wide on the left, and he was followed two minutes later by a further Laurie try, which McClure this time converted.

On the stroke of half-time the gutsy Basildon outfit replied with a deserved try of their own.

The final play of the half resulted with Diss captain Fraser Hall fielding the ball deep within his own half, making substantial ground before releasing LeLievre on yet another mazy run through the Basildon defence, which took the home side into the break 41-5 to the good.

Diss began the second-half in attacking mode and on 46 minutes Matt Cullum strolled over following weak defence from the visitors.

Roger Coombs’ side now lost concentration and settled for a period of inconsistency and over elaboration.

Laurie attempted to lift the malaise by rampaging through the entire Basildon defence to eventually by held up over the line.

With 10 minutes remaining Diss suddenly sprang into life and, following outstanding interplay from Laurie, Matt Richards, Tim Groom and the ageless Paul Cayley, a final off load allowed Cullum to score his second try of the afternoon.

Basildon rallied a final time to register their second try of the game, before Hall completed affairs with a superb individual try that allowed McClure the opportunity to secure a final score of 60-10.

Overall it was an accomplished victory that will allow Diss the opportunity to complete the season with confidence, determination and endeavour, even if they require Sudbury to have a dramatic slip up in order to pip them to the play-off spot.

n Diss III got back to winning ways by beating Swaffham Pedlars 20-15 in the Eastern Counties Greene King League Division Three North.

Jack Owen led the pack from blindside flanker and scored first when the ball fell loose at the back of a maul, and he reacted first to score from 20 yards out.

Soon after Diss kept up the momentum by winning a penalty, which Seb Goodge converted to increase their lead.

A break by Stephen Macqueen put James Hayhoe into space, who found returning captain Benny Goodman to run the line, with Fred Precious scoring after being set up by Hayhoe.

Swaffham came back into the game in the second-half and scored two quick tries of their own, but with 15 minutes to go Diss hit back.

Under pressure in their own 22, Goodman broke away down the left flank and found hooker Charlie Oakes, who returned the ball for the captain to score his fifth try of the season.

Swaffham continued to attack by Diss held out, with James Winterbottom making a nuisance of himself in the loose play, and even though the visitors still attacked, the game ended in a fitting way as Goodman put the ball into touch for a deserved win.