Diss turn on style to romp home in derby against Holt

Action from Diss v Holt at Mackenders. Picture: John Bulloch

Action from Diss v Holt at Mackenders. Picture: John Bulloch - Credit: Archant

Diss secured maximum points against local rivals Holt with an emphatic all-round performance that highlighted the continued progress being made following the appointment of Roger Coombs and Dave Smith as lead coaches.

From the outset Diss played with a passion and determination to run the ball wide and extend Holt across all areas of the field.

The home side should have scored within the first 15 minutes but were held up over the line twice and it was the visitors who took a three point lead following Diss ill-discipline at a ruck, with Ben Harvey putting the penalty.

Diss then settled into a much more cohesive pattern of play and attacked Holt through backs and forwards alike. Jamie Burroughs was beginning to pose a real threat from the base of the scrum and following an outstanding break he released Giles West, who scored out wide on the left. West then scored a further try following excellent work from the Diss back five.

The scrummaging power of Groom, Craven and Bray was also now having an real effect and beginning to sap the running ability of the Holt front five. Following a dangerous attacking move from Holt, Tom Holt was able to intercept in midfield and run clear to score a further try, converted by Jack Peacock. A 17-3 half-time lead meant that Diss were very much now on the front foot.

The hard graft of the first half soon began to take effect as Diss began to play a brand of rugby that had the home support purring with delight.

Fraser Hall was able to run clear at regular intervals and link with a three-quarter line that was now beginning to really express itself. Peacock was completely controlling the game and set Josh Ludkin and Jack Keppel off on a number of direct running lines into the Holt 22.

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Gus McGrath was yet again outstanding from full back and a real threat to Holt, whenever he had the ball.

The front five were now in total control with Matt Richards adding a wealth of experience when replacing Tim Groom. Further tries were scored by Holt, Gus McGrath (2) and Hall, with Peacock securing four second half conversions.

The blend of youth and experience within the Diss team is proving to be a key element to the style of 15 man rugby being adopted this season.

As for Holt they never gave up the ghost and scored a well deserved try late in the game following an excellent period of Diss defence, with Mark Sargeant getting the touchdown and Harvey providing the extras.