Diss Rugby Club run in 12 tries during London 2 North East win over Epping Upper Clapton
Diss head coach Nick Greenhall has said his side will go to Saffron Walden tomorrow (2pm) with a lot of confidence after a 12-try 76-20 thrashing of Epping Upper Clapton last Saturday, writes Angus Williams.
The win keeps Diss fourth in London 2 North East, while Epping continue to languish at the foot of the table having only picked up two bonus points this whole season.
Looking ahead to the upcoming trip to Essex, Greenhall said: “Saffron Walden are having a stuttering season I think.
“We’ll certainly go there with a lot of confidence seeing what we’ve done today and we’ll just see if we can back that up.”
“It was really important to blow the cobwebs away after Christmas. We lost to Letchworth last week in the RFU Cup so it’s nice to get back to a win and playing well.
“We’ve done a lot of hard work in training, particularly on continuity and attack movements, defensive movements and I thought they responded really well today and put quite a lot in place. So it was very pleasing.”
Against their bottom-of-the-table visitors, Diss scored their first try through Jake Girdler within minutes when a maul rumbled over.
Another try followed shortly after, this time scored by Matt Richards. Both were converted by fly-half Ben McKerchar making the score 14-0.
Epping hit back with a penalty from the boot of George Douglass before Shaun Blyth scored next for the home team – his first of four. Douglass then kicked another penalty from in front of the posts.
Blyth scored his second soon afterwards, this time from a set-piece move inside his own half. Both were converted to make the score 28-6.
The hosts scored their final try of the half after a period of pressure on the Epping tryline, through Jorge Serruys. The conversion was missed, making the half-time score 33-6.
McKerchar opened the scoring for rampant Diss in the second half with a try in the right corner, although he missed the subsequent conversion.
Blyth then completed his hat-trick with an impressive counter-attacking effort, converted by McKerchar.
McKerchar brought up the 50-point mark by scoring the try of the afternoon as he dotted down the ball at the end of a move which started in the Diss 22.
Epping followed that up by scoring their first try through Des Griggs – converted by Douglass – but normal service was soon resumed as Richards scored his second of the afternoon, crossing the line under the posts for Jones to convert.
Blyth scored his fourth and final try, again from inside his own half, out-running defenders from a scrum on halfway. Jones converted the score.
Alex Leeder, a young scrum half, then got in on the scoring with a sniping effort from the back of a ruck.
Jones again converted the try, making the score 71-13 before Serruys rounded of Diss’ scoring with a final try.
Epping had the final say with a late try, but it was an afternoon that belonged to the team in blue.