Diss make their extra class tell
Diss 71, West Norfolk 14: This Norfolk Senior Cup tie always looked like being an uphill struggle for West Norfolk, given the distance between these two teams in the leagues – and so it proved.
With due regard to the importance of the competition and their opponents, Diss fielded a full strength side, with two players making their debut. From the kick-off it was clear how powerful the Diss pack were, as they drove West Norfolk back in the first scrum. The resulting maul allowed Fraser Hall time to ship the ball out to Tom Holt, who cut inside to score the first try, which he converted.
Diss continued to dominate in all phases of the game and in an almost identical move, but in the opposite corner, Holt was able to run in his second try after some fine scrummaging by the Diss pack. Tom Wishart, 18, making his debut on the wing, then ran in a spectacular try, beating three opponents to score under the posts, Holt converting.
Deaglan Hall produced a mesmerising run and was only stopped near the West Norfolk 22 line, Abercrombie, in close support, took the ball further towards the try line before passing to Shaun Williamson who crashed over for his debut try.
West Norfolk kept battling and were awarded a series of penalties, which took them closer to the Diss try line. With some fine inter-play between half-back pairing Anthony Trims and Roddy Charles a piercing grub kick through the Diss defence allowed Paton to score West Norfolk's first try, converted by Trims. But within 10 minutes Diss had scored again with Holt going over for his third try, which he again converted to finish the first half.
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With five changes at half-time Diss were clearly in no mood to let the scoreline slip, and so it proved. Within one minute of the restart, and after some slick passing moves, the ball was shipped out to Matt Trede, whose elegant running proved too much for the West Norfolk backs, and he was able to score under the posts, Holt converting.
With the West Norfolk pack now tiring Diss were able to drive them back on most occasions and a push-over try was their reward for this dominance in the 53rd minute.
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West Norfolk again hit back and after some fine backs play Paton burst through the Diss defence to score his second try of the game, converted by Trims.
The remainder of the match was pretty one-sided, with tries scored by James Gowing, Deaglan Hall and Will Farrer, all converted by Warren Wilby.
The range of ideas shown by Diss in all phases of the game proved to be too much for West Norfolk in what proved to be a testing game for the hosts. The next game in the competition will be an equally testing time for the Diss coaching staff, and should provide them with just as challenging a game.