Diss notch up a half-century

Diss 50, Braintree 5: Diss maintained their excellent run with a show of controlled rugby that left the visitors chasing shadows for most of the match.

This win was not pretty at times but to their credit Diss continued when possible to play an expansive game and were rewarded with bonus point winning tries.

With the back row causing all sorts of problems for the Braintree pack, it wasn't long before Warren Burrows broke free from his opposition scrum-half to open the scoring, which he duly converted.

The backs, marshalled by Zac Seward, showed the sort of handling skills best reserved for circus jugglers and that allowed John Farrar to score a deserved try after 17 minutes. Within another five minutes Diss scored a quite sensational try, with Tom Holt, Stan MacQueen and Deaglan Hall involved with a range of passes, allowing Andrew Horne to lunge over the tine.

This purple patch for Diss was ended by Braintree, showing that they had not come to make up the numbers, but good defending kept them out.

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Phil Sharpe has often had words with his players at half-time; clearly the effect on Diss was immediate. Within two minutes Hall, with two searing hand-offs, scored a try, converted by Burrows.

The only pressure on Diss was created by their own mistakes and that allowed Braintree to score their only try of the match.

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The remaining 14 minutes proved to be a nightmare for the opposition, in particular their pack, who were driven backwards in the 36th minute, allowing Horne to score.

This dominance in the forwards was clearly shown by another Horne try.

Matt Richards, thinking quickly, took a quick line-out throw to Groom, who burst through the opposition forwards and with admirable support, Horne touched down under the posts, converted by Burrows.

With darkness approaching Diss scored a further two tries from Seward and Burrows, both converted.

The P3 Cancer collection during the lunch raised �500.

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