Dominant Diss smash leaders Chelmsford to prove their promotion potential
- Credit: Archant
Diss completely burst Chelmsford's bubble with an emphatic victory that sent a message to all the leading teams in London 2NE.
The opening engagements were very even, with the visitors actually slightly dominating the early scrummage exchanges and possession.
However whenever Diss entered the Chelmsford half they seemed to come away with the spoils. On 14 minutes Gus McGrath scored following a sweeping backs move and 10 minutes later Josh Ludkin combined with the three quarters to score a very well taken try.
On 30 minutes Diss attacked again and following superb retention of the ball by Ludkin, Matt Richards crashed over for try number three, converted by Jack Peacock.
Chelmsford then attacked close to the Diss line and threatened with a number of five-metre scrums but Diss stood firm to lead 17-0 at the break.
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Diss began the second half in dominant form and began by creating a series of off-loads between the forwards and backs that tore the Chelmsford defence apart.
On 42 minutes, Warren Wilby scored a further try converted by Peacock that secured a bonus point and five minutes later Ludkin, having his best game of the season so far, scored his second try, converted by Adam Goymour. Diss now attacked from every phase with Jamie Burroughs, at scrum-half, orchestrating wave after wave of thrusts that ultimately led to Wilby scoring two further tries on 53 and 65 minutes. They were converted by Adam Goymour and Jack Keppel respectively.
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Henry Passmore then finished off a superb flowing move, that had been created by the raw power and pace of Peter Bray before Goymour produced a wonderful long-range conversion to bring up the Diss half century. On 72 minutes Ludkin completed the total destruction of the league leaders with his third converted try of the afternoon.