Diss 0 Chingford 26: Hosts unlucky to draw a blank against high-flying visitors
PUBLISHED: 08:45 12 March 2018
The retention of 70 per cent possession in Saturday's game should have given Diss some sort of reward for their endeavours.
However, the harsh reality of playing a confident and well organised side, who took all their chances, proved otherwise.
Difficult under foot conditions evened the contest to a certain extent, with Diss controlling possession throughout the game without really threatening the Chingford line for any prolonged period.
On 10 minutes a well worked line-out enabled their forwards to drive within five metres of the Diss line. The Chingford scrum-half then spotted a huge gap on the blind side to score an unopposed try to give the second-placed visitors the initiative.
Diss responded positively, controlling possession while making territorial gains, but they were playing at a pace that was not stretching or opening up the opposition. A number of missed penalties did not help the cause, although the likes of Stephen Hipwell, John Bergin and Joe Brock all drove at the heart of the Chingford defence. Aaron Forest and Shaquelle Myers both placed the home side in attacking positions to only be thwarted by stoic defence or a lack of precision at crucial moments.
An indication of the pressure being asserted can be reflected by two yellow cards being awarded to Chingford in the second quarter but Diss were unable to take advantage and entered half-time in arrears.
After the break Diss began to play attractive, open rugby with Chris Beaird and Kieran Pask both making runs deep into the opposition half. The Diss scrum began to dominate and the momentum seemed to be turning.
But a loss of possession within the Diss half gave Chingford an opportunity to kick through from which they scored a second try that was converted from the touchline. Yet again Diss responded with Beaird and Fraser Hall both striving to give the home side the points they deserved. Yet again Chingford defended superbly and having relieved the siege they lifted the pace of the game to score a well worked try out wide that was yet again converted. The visitors now searched for a bonus point try and were lucky to intercept a speculative pass to seal maximum bonus points.