Saracens go top with comfortable win
GREENE KING IPA
EASTERN COUNTIES LEAGUE DIVISION
Diss Saracens 31
West Norfolk 5
Saracens seized the top spot in Division Two North with a third straight league win, as they overcame West Norfolk in an emphatic success.
Having dominated the opening 10 minutes, Saracens found themselves on the try line time and time again but a combination of poor communication and misplaced passes prevented them from crossing the line.
However, the breakthrough finally came as an inside line from fly-half Jack Keppel saw Diss make it over the try line first.
Austin Goymour made easy work of the conversion to give the home side a slender seven-point lead.
Around midway through the half the hosts added to their advantage as a series of interchanges between centres Jake Girdler and Chris Trede put Trede over the line for the second try of the game, Goymour narrowly missing the conversion this time.
The Saracens’ forwards were dominating in all the set piece play, with Matthew Cullum and Jacob Page stealing several line-outs while Diss scrum half Will Hemmant also proved too much for his opposite man, managing to grab the West Norfolk ball from the base of the scrum on a number of occasions.
Late in the first half the home side decided to take advantage of this strength up front and opted to kick a penalty to touch.
Jacob Page caught the ball cleanly and a maul was set up on the 10 metre line, which the forwards drove right over the try line for skipper Ben Walker to touch down out wide.
Goymour’s kick looked promising but bounced off the post. This momentum carried into the early stages of the second half as Saracens’ full-back Kieran Pask chipped the ball through and caught it again himself to break through the opposition defence.
A series of interchanges with Trede saw them beat the full back, and Keppel then ran through in support to score his second try, which he converted himself.
West Norfolk started to lose their composure and several penalties were awarded to Diss, one of which they opted to try and use the driving maul from a line out again, but solid defence by the visitors stopped them short of the line.
The ball was spun wide and Keppel found a gap to cross the line again and secure his Hat-trick, which he also converted.
West Norfolk remained determined and in the final moments of the game they scored an unconverted consolation try in the corner to wrap up proceedings to leave the final score at 31-5 to the home side.