LONDON TWO NORTH EAST
Diss RFC 34
Ipswich RFC 3
Diss ended their league campaign in style with a comprehensive victory against a determined Ipswich side.
A packed house at Mackenders witnessed an entertaining encounter, with both sides attempting to play an open expansive game.
Ipswich took an early lead following a Diss infringement at a defensive ruck. Harry Stenton stepped up to convert the penalty.
The Diss faithful were soon purring on the touchline having witnessed a well-executed driving maul that gave Kimi Latu the opportunity to crash over to bring the home side back into the game.
Diss dominated the remainder of the first half as they built on the momentum of Latu’s try.
After 18 minutes a series of neat and accurate off-loads released Sean McClure through the heart of the Ipswich defence to score a superbly worked team try.
McClure converted his own try and was rapidly involved again, helping to create a try scoring opportunity for the flying-Frenchman Philip LeLievre.
With the conversion missed, Diss led 17-3 with the clock ticking down to half time.
On the stroke of half time Giles West tore through the Ipswich defence to complete the half with Diss comfortably in the ascendency.
Diss opened the second half, yet again on the front foot, playing an open style of rugby from all areas of the park.
Unfortunately, a series of handling errors and over ambitious off-loads led to the third quarter having no real pattern.
The Diss back-row combination of John Laurie and Latu were now running free and dominating all contact areas.
On 70 minutes LeLievre broke clear and sent through a delightful grubber kick to set up West for his second try of the afternoon.
As the match drew to its conclusion, Diss dominated all facets of the game producing a more cohesive style of play.
From an attacking five metre line out, a well-executed set piece move involving the ever present Jamie Burroughs, Captain Matt Richards and finally Paul Cayley allowed Cayley to crash over from two metres.
A fitting end to a most enjoyable and entertaining game.
The result means Diss finished the current campaign in third position, 18 points behind eventual champions Saffron Walden and disappointingly 10 adrift of second-placed Sudbury in the only play-off place.
The club will be hoping to end the season on a high with some silverware as they look ahead to the final of the Norfolk Cup.
Roger Coomb’s charges will face either Norwich or North Walsham in the encounter which takes place on May 7 (3pm).