Four wins out of four as Diss power on

Diss emphatically maintained their 100 per cent record in London Three North-East, comfortably beating opponents who have previously caused them problems.

Diss 43, Rochford RFC 20

Diss emphatically maintained their 100 per cent record in London Three North-East, comfortably beating opponents who have previously caused them problems.

The match began at a blistering pace, with the Diss pack, in particular, establishing early dominance. With only two minutes on the clock, Diss were awarded a penalty which they quickly, kicked deep into Rochford territory. Winger Aarron Bliss sprinted after the kick and was able to gather the ball before scoring the try. Captain Adam Williamson converted.

Rochford's Tim Ashton replied from a penalty for offside. But it was brief respite as the Diss pack was regularly employing catch and drive moves at the lineout, which their opponents were finding impossible to defend.

Just such a move led to the next score. Zak Seaward kicked a penalty into touch on the Rochford five metre line and, from the lineout, the Diss pack surged over for flanker Paul Cayley to score.

A further series of penalties led to a 15 metres Diss drive which Rochford deliberately collapsed. Diss chose to scrum and again surged forward over for No 8 Andy Horne to score. Williamson kicked his second conversion to give Diss a healthy lead after just 15 minutes.

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Pack dominance also brought the next try after Diss were awarded a penalty 20 metres out but chose to pick and drive - prop Tim Groom adding his name to the scoresheet.

The pack again took full advantage of their dominance for Andy Horne to score his second try of the afternoon, after yet again another rolling maul. But Diss were not to have things all their own way, and Rochford showed the shape of things to come when their full-back Dan Cleare scored a pacey break-away try for a 31-8 interval lead.

The second half began with Diss forced to concede a series of penalties and then reduced to 14 men, when Groom was shown a yellow card for slowing down play.

Paul Cayley was replaced by prop Charlie Davidson and Rochford came back into the gamewith two tries and a conversion.

The hosts were beginning to look vulnerable, and a shock result did not look impossible until Diss were restored to full strength when Groom and Cayley returned.

Rochford continued to attack, but Ross Wardlaw intercepted deep inside the Diss half and stormed up field, to find himself tackled just before the try-line. He passed to winger Warren Wilby, who scored a try, converted by Williamson.

Diss now re-established their domination and grabbed their final try when a tapped penalty by scrum-half Pete Chartier led to Wilby scoring in the corner.

No further scores were added, and Diss finished satisfied, as well as relieved to have recorded their fourth consecutive league win.

Diss are one of only two teams with four wins out of four, Westcliff maintaining their run with a 27-14 victory at Chelmsford.