Diss 13, Brentwood 17

Diss scored two of their best tries of the season at the weekend – but still ended up on the losing side in a hard-fought London 1N battle.

The hosts played some excellent rugby in the first half and led 13-12 at the break after two thrilling moves were finished off on the wing by New Zealander Nick Harding.

Chris Beaird was unable to add conversions from wide out but did kick a penalty to give Diss a narrow lead against a side who started the day fifth in the table.

Phil Sharpe's side then defended bravely to keep Brentwood at bay but were eventually undone by an unconverted push-over try 12 minutes from time as their opponents' forward-orientated game prevailed.

'We played our normal expansive game, attacking at pace, and scored two of the best tries we have scored all season – it's really pleasing when you see something you have worked hard on in training come off on the pitch,' said Sharpe,

'Brentwood played a rather dull, one-dimensional game and it earned them the win in the end, but overall I was really pleased with the way we played. There were certainly a lot of positives we can take from the game.'

Diss travel to second placed Eton Manor next week where they will be without their second New Zealander John Laurie, who picked up a shoulder injury at the weekend.