Diss are galvanised by half-time team talk
Diss 23, Old Colfeians 0: Sometimes you just have to grind out a victory – and this was one of those occasions.
As a result Diss have completed a hat-trick of wins and are beginning to work to the plan, identified by the coaching staff as vital if they are to be competing for league honours.
Old Colfeians, on their first visit to Diss, were quickly on the offensive. However, despite the pressure the hosts were under in the first 20 minutes they did not capitulate and were continually counter-attacking.
The backs, ably led by Adam Williamson, were soon beginning to exert some influence on their opposition, passing the ball wide for wingers Tom Holt and Aaron Bliss to show some pace and guile.
Eventually Diss moved ahead with two penalties, confidently converted by Chris Beaird. The remainder of the half was only lit up by some fine running from the combined back row of Hall, Gowing and Williams, and there was no further scoring.
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In the endless task of looking for perfection coaches try a range of techniques. Diss head coach Phil Sharpe used the old fashioned technique of a good old dressing down at half-time, explaining to the team that they could do better in the second half.
It had the desired effect; Old Colfeians were taken aback by the sheer intensity of the Diss play and within three minutes of the restart a penalty was awarded for handling in the ruck. Beaird once again stepped up to the mark and kicked beautifully between the posts.
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As with a number of decisions during the game, the yellow card for skipper Matt Richards was debatable but this galvanised the team still further. Fraser Hall, who had been a thorn in the visitors' defence all afternoon, produced a blistering run through the centre and in the resulting maul Deaglan Hall picked it up and passed it to Warren Wilby, who was close in support for him to score down the wing, Beaird converting.
An injury to Williamson forced changes to the backs, but it had no impact on the momentum of the game. In fact within minutes of Richardson re-joining the game, Diss scored their second try.
A good defensive kick from Beaird on the Diss 22 resulted in the visitors taking a quick line-out throw from the visitors' winger, who hadn't anticipated the speed of the Diss pack, which were on him as quick as a flash.
The resultant ruck and maul enabled Wilby to break away from his opposite scrum-half, passing inside to Aaron Bliss who sprinted away to score under the posts, Beaird converting yet again.
This was not a pretty win, but Sharpe has instilled a sense of purpose and a 'can do' attitude in the players, which is beginning to pay off in the results and their position in the league.