Campion 20 Diss 27 – Team effort sees visitors survive late onslaught

Action from Diss Saracens home defeat to Norwich Medics at Mackenders. Picture: John Bulloch

Action from Diss Saracens home defeat to Norwich Medics at Mackenders. Picture: John Bulloch - Credit: John Bulloch

Diss fought off a full assault of their try-line for the last 20 minutes of a fully committed encounter in order to maintain their unbeaten start to the London 2NE campaign.

Sean McClure, making his debut for the club, had an immediate effect when receiving the kick-off, by breaking through and being held up close to the line after a 50-metre dash into Campion territory.

The visitors responded on four minutes following a poorly fielded kick from Diss that allowed the home side to strike first blood. A period of concerted Diss pressure followed, leading to a Philip Lelievre penalty and on 30 minutes Sean McClure scored his first try to put Diss into a deserved first-half lead.

Diss then exerted pressure across the whole field and on 35 minutes McClure scored a superb second try, converted by Lelievre. With only two minutes remaining of the half, John Laurie crossed the whitewash following a solo effort that put the Norfolk side 20-5 up at half-time.

Diss were under pressure after the break and gave away far too many penalties, one of which Campion were successful in converting and following continuous pressure Tim Groom received a second yellow card and had to leave the field.


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Campion scored another try to bring the scores even closer at 20-13. On 70 minutes Sean McClure completed his hat-trick to extend the Diss lead to 27-13. Campion completely dominated the last 10 minutes of the game. On 73 minutes the home side scored a further converted try to cut the deficit to just seven points. Following intense pressure Jamie Burroughs was yellow carded and Diss had to survive the last few moments with only 13 men on the field.

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