Diss 20, Beaconsfield 13

Diss maintained their impressive end-of-season form as they recorded a third straight victory in testing conditions at Mackenders.

With continuous snow and a bitingly cold wind whipping across the pitch Saturday's game was never going to be pretty, but the hosts still managed to run in three tries, one of of which was a classic of its kind.

Beaconsfield defied their lowly league position to pile on the pressure in the second half, but Diss held firm to further cement their seventh position in a competitive league.

Phil Sharpe's side led 13-10 at the interval, thanks to tries from Nick Harding – playing his final match before returning to New Zealand – and Pete Bray. Chris Beaird added a penalty to ensure the visitors had ground to make up after the break.

Diss then scored the try of the game – and one of their best of the season – when Giles West caught a Beaconsfield restart, kicked it forward and plucked the ball out of the air before dashing for the line, providing Beaird with an easy conversion.


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After that the visitors put Diss under almost constant pressure, but the hosts held firm to record their 11th victory of an up and down season.

'It was a day when you had to play the conditions and I was pleased with the way we went about it,' said Sharpe.

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'We had to defend virtually non-stop in the second half but they couldn't find a way through.

'It was a good win and overall it has been a good season. We have played some good rugby, but we have also played some poor rugby at times as well, and mid-table is probably where we deserve to be.'

The one downside of Saturday's win was a leg injury sustained by scrum-half Jamie Burroughes which, if as serious as feared, will keep him out for the rest of the season.

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