LONDON TWO NORTH EAST
League leaders Diss continued their perfect start to the new campaign with a comprehensive 40-17 victory over visiting Cantabrigian on Saturday.
From the outset Diss produced a brand of attacking Rugby that had the home support purring with delight.
After two minutes, following attacking play led by fly half Philip Le Leivre, veteran second row Paul Cayley found himself wide on the right with the Cantabs defence closing in but twisted and turned to excellent effect to open the scoring with Kieran Pask converting.
Diss began to really express themselves across all areas of the field. After 10 minutes, number eight John Laurie drove from the back of an attacking Diss scrum to score the home sides second try, again converted by Pask.
With 25 minutes played, Diss were beginning to play with total authority thus allowing the hugely impressive Tim Groom the opportunity to rumble over for a third Diss try, Comprehensively converted yet again by Kieran Pask.
Cantabs are a proud and competitive outfit and responded with a well taken try of their own on 35 minutes.
Completing a most satisfactory first half and securing an early bonus point was occurred when the prolific Sean McClure waltzed over from 25 metres. Pask converted to give Diss a 28-5 half time advantage.
Diss were unfortunately not able to maintain the momentum of the first half.
That said, John Laurie did score his second try of the day following rather weak defensive work from the Cantabrigians back five.
At this point the weather conditions changed and the game drifted into an error- strewn affair.
Diss certainly lost focus and Cantabrigians scored two well-crafted tries due to the momentum created by their forwards.
The game now stood at 35-17 and Diss needed to respond immediately.
Following excellent work at the break down by Jon Trede and aggressive driving play from man of the match Matt Richards, Diss found themselves attacking on the Cantabs twenty- two.
After a series of close drives and following a miss directed pass, Laurie retrieved the ball and drove over from 10 metres to complete his hat trick and seal the victory.
The latest victory leaves Diss top of the table with 24 points, a point ahead of nearest rivals Sudbury.
n Meanwhile, the Diss Colts cruised to a 19-0 victory over neighbours Ely.
Diss started brightly and were soon a converted try to the good. It was 12-0 by half time after a hotly contested half.
A further score followed after the break. All three try’s were scored by Jo Wood with conversions from Hugo Hunt.