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Diss show they can compete with the league’s top teams

PUBLISHED: 17:36 17 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:36 17 December 2017

Diss recorded an excellent win at Mackenders. Picture: John Grist

Diss recorded an excellent win at Mackenders. Picture: John Grist

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For the second week running Diss proved they can compete with the top sides in the league.

Victory over third-placed Colchester highlighted the progress being made, but also the desire of the whole squad towards not only survival but also to play competitive and entertaining rugby.

Colchester opened proceedings with a try crafted by inter-play between backs and forwards. Having now adapted to the pace of the game at this level, Diss responded immediately, with Chris Beaird and Fraser Hall both making telling breaks to release Harry Gooderham to open the home side’s account with a try converted by Barnaby Chenery.

Colchester returned to the Diss half to score a second converted try which proved a catalyst to drive the whole Diss side forward. Throughout the second quarter the hosts played with control and authority and Chenery instigated a flowing move that sent Harry Gooderham scything through to release Isaiah Hooper who duly scored, with Chenery converting from the touchline.

Colchester replied with a penalty to reduce the half-time deficit to five points.

Captain Fraser Hall was at the heart of everything positive for Diss, while the second row combination of John Bergin and Will Hudson left nothing on the field, Jo Seaman impressed at scrum-half and the entire Diss back row competed well against one of the league’s top teams.

Colchester attacked with fervour as the second half developed, but the Diss rearguard stood firm until a Stephen Hipwell yellow card allowed Colchester to increase the pressure, ultimately resulting in a converted try to put the visitors ahead.

The return of Hipwell, and the growing ability and dynamism of Jon Trede and Jo Hegarty, sent Diss deep into the Colchester half. While under pressure in the tight, Hipwell was able to break from a wheeling scrum and rampage over the Colchester line close to the posts.

With Kieran Pask converting, Diss now had to dig deep to hold off a Colchester fightback and they closed the game out with an authority and a skill set which indicates the progress being made.

A fine all-round display allows Diss to enter the second phase of the season in a positive mood.

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