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Diss Rugby Club captain scores match-clinching try during victory over West Norfolk



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Diss have put back-to-back home victories on the board following Saturday’s entertaining 36-29 victory over West Norfolk.

It proved to be an eye-catching game of rugby from the outset, with the hosting Blues making the breakthrough inside the opening 60 seconds.

Gary White set up Hugo Barratt, who made a clean break, eventually feeding Will Scott. Will Waddingham duly ran an intelligent line to take Scott’s pass to score close to the posts to give the home side first blood.

Hugo Barratt was a key performer. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Hugo Barratt was a key performer. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Shortly after Diss were forced to make changes due to injuries to White and John Laurie, and West Norfolk responded by scoring a well constructed try out on the wing.

However, spearheaded by Chris Beaird, Diss were soon back in front as the contest entered the second quarter.

A typical Beaird run that combined raw strength and deft running skills eventually resulted in a superb individual try.

Chris Beaird was among the try scorers. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Chris Beaird was among the try scorers. Picture: Mark Bullimore

The Diss forwards were not having it all their own way, yet a fast release from a ruck saw Barratt sent clear to give the home team a 10-point advantage.

Nevertheless, West Norfolk were always in contention and after Beaird had been sent to the sin bin, they added a penalty to send Diss into the break 15-8 in front.

The third quarter of the game after the restart was totally dominated by West Norfolk.

Combining close quarter play with a willingness to run the ball, it saw the visitors score two tries, thus taking the lead for the first time.

Archie Johnson goes on the attack for Diss. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Archie Johnson goes on the attack for Diss. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Faced with a deficit Diss had to respond, and they duly obliged. Barrett was again the try scorer, going over after good approach work from Aaron Firth and Matt Richards to level the game up at 22 points apiece.

The best try of the match then followed as Diss regained the initiative. John Bergin, Callum Roberts, Nick Garnham and second-rower Peter Gray were all involved in the move before Will Laverne touched down.

However, the away team yet again capitalised on weak defence to score their fourth try of the game, restoring parity once again.

But not for the first time Diss’ reaction was positive and after a series of penalties and drives close to the line the pressure told.

Hugo Barratt looks to get Diss on the front foot. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Hugo Barratt looks to get Diss on the front foot. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Skipper Bergin – playing his 100th game for the first team – was the hero as he dotted down to secure the victory.

Diss will aim for a third London 2 North East win in a row on Saturday when they head to Southwold.



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