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Diss Rugby Club return to winning ways with victory at Saffron Walden

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After suffering back-to-back London 2 North East defeats, Diss returned to winning ways on Saturday courtesy of 19-13 victory at Saffron Walden.

Visiting Diss started on the front foot in Essex but they could not make the pressure count, partly due to the loss of three line-outs deep in Walden territory.

And then the frustration grew when Diss’ Nick Garnham was sent to the sin bin and the hosts capitalised with a well struck penalty for a 3-0 lead.

However, Diss took control of the game after falling behind with Hugo Barrett racing in to score from deep within his own half and the try was converted by the boot of Will Laverne.

Chris Kent ran in one of Diss' tries at Saffron Walden on Saturday. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Chris Kent ran in one of Diss' tries at Saffron Walden on Saturday. Picture: Mark Bullimore

The Diss forwards then started to get on top with the front five dominating the breakdown, eventually sending Chris Kent over the line to establish a deserved nine-point half-time lead.

Dominating the opening exchanges of the second half allowed Ryan Gardiner to score a third Diss try of the afternoon, thus putting them 16 points clear on the scoreboard.

But Walden rallied and got themselves back into the game via an unconverted try, while Diss also saw two further players yellow carded.

At this point the away side had to buckle down to see out the win, which they duly did as the likes of Matt Richards, Nick Garnham, John Bergin and Jake Girdler all stood firm.

Diss’ third win of the campaign has left them ninth in the latest standings going into this weekend’s break from action.

They will return on Saturday, November 27 when top-of-the-table Ipswich are scheduled to be the visitors Mackenders.

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