Colchester 45 Diss 10
Diss were unable to build on their victory over North Walsham just before Christmas.
Colchester are in the top four of London One and possess a very exciting and fast moving back division which ultimately was to prove the difference between the two sides.
Diss totally dominated at the scrummage and were unlucky to be awarded only one penalty try. The visitors took an early lead through an Adam Williamson penalty and had Colchester under pressure in the first ten minutes. Colchester replied by scoring two converted tries out wide and were striving at all times to move the ball away from the contact areas, where they were being put under intense pressure by the dominant Diss pack.
Diss spent the final 15 minutes of the first half camped in the Colchester 22 and asserted intense pressure at the scrummage. On at least two occasions Colchester were shunted back towards their own line but unfortunately Diss were unable to secure the result they deserved. The half-time score of 14-3 was not a true reflection of the dominant display of the Diss pack but one that left the Diss supporters with some hope for the second half.
The second half proved to be very frustrating, with Colchester scoring an excellent converted try early in the half to stretch their lead further. David Higgins, the Colchester fly-half, was now controlling the game and was able to capitalise on any loose ball and on a number of occasions set his back line moving at pace. This led to further tries being scored that Higgins converted from all over the field.
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Diss were still however not getting the rub of the green at the scrummage and had to wait until late in the day to be eventually awarded a much deserved penalty try. Two Colchester players were then sin binned for repeated offences at the scrummage but this proved too late in the game for a Diss revival.
This was a disappointing result overall, although the performance of the Diss forwards will encourage the players and coaches for the crucial games coming up, starting at home to Brentwood on Saturday.
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