Victorious Diss lift the Harrison Cup
Diss lifted the Harrison Cup with victory over Holt as they head into their final league game at home to Basildon tomorrow in a buoyant mood.
The home side set off at a rapid pace and following an outstanding break from Jon Trede and a series of ruthless driven rucks close to the Holt line, Charlie Crotty crashed over to score an unconverted try.
After 15 minutes Jack Keppel found William Scott with a peach of an off-load allowing Scott the opportunity to score the first of his three tries. Keppel stepped up to convert and give Diss a 12-0 advantage.
The attacking momentum was maintained for the remainder of the half and following a sequence of superb handling between Matt Richards, Matt Cullum, Keppel and Scott a further try was scored by the hard running Adam Goymour.
That pressure continued and after 34 minutes Keppel again released Scott through the midfield to send the aggressive running Dan Hooper over in the corner. Goymour stepped up to convert from the touch line.
As the half approached its conclusion Holt managed to reduce the deficit as Oliver Westanage skipped through the Diss defence to score a converted try.
The second half began in the same vein as the first with Diss on the front foot. However, following a series of careless and inaccurate handling errors Holt responded in a most positive fashion.
Three converted tries were scored by the visitors in the space of 15 minutes as Diss found themselves 28-24 in arrears and facing a rejuvenated opposition.
The home side introduced captain Fraser Hall into proceedings, while Keppel and Joe Seaman began to regain a foothold in the game.
With the Diss scrum in total command and Chris Craven taking balls against the head at will,Jack Keppel again found Scott with a superb offload to send the centre in for his second try.
With seven minutes remaining Keppel yet again found Scott, who duly completed his hat-trick. Goymour stepped up to complete scoring and the afternoon’s festivities.
Diss now need to secure a victory over Basildon tomorrow (3pm) to ensure an all important home tie for the play-offs.
n Meanwhile, the club held their annual dinner evening with Leicester Tigers player and current England international Will Parling present as the guest of honour.
The evening, which hosted more than 180 guests, also held an auction to help raise funds to promote youth rugby in the area.