Gravesend 47, Diss 7

It was another hard day out for Diss on Saturday as they were comprehensively beaten at Gravesend.

The away team had a number of enforced changes due to injury and non availability.

Diss had the first chance to score with a long range penalty attempt but it was off target.

Eight minutes into the game Gravesend No 14 Scott Curley broke away for a fine individual try converted by Dave Dorton, whose kicking was excellent all afternoon.

Gravesend spurned two kicking chances, opting instead for the territorial game, pinning Diss deep in their own half. A break by No 8 Ziggy Stevens led to scrum-half Clement going over for a converted try. Two further tries left the visitors trailing 26-0 at the interval.


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Diss were still working hard, Steve Hipwell making the first of a number of good runs to unload to Giles West, who put his head back and sprinted for the line. Chris Beaird converted.

This was the last hurrah for Diss and Gravesend ran in a further four tries in the second half, leaving the final score at 47-7 to the home team.

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Diss director of rugby David Hall said he was proud of the efforts of his players who travelled and worked incredibly hard against the odds.

As the club look to the future Diss have invited a number of guest coaches to take sessions on Tuesday nights.

Last week's Diss' try was scored by Josh Williams, not Tim Groom.

There was action at Mackenders yesterday when the youth sides of Diss and Norwich played for the Dai Evans Trophy, with Norwich edging home 7-5.

Dai was a great supporter of rugby at both Norwich and Diss and after his passing a senior game was played each year to contest the trophy. Since this has not happened for several years, it has been resurrected as a youth fixture.

Neither side looked likely to score in the first half until Dave Micklethwaite broke through some tackles to nudge Norwich into the lead followed by an excellent conversion wide out by JC Brown. The second half followed a similar pattern and Diss eventually found a gap for Will Garrard to go over in the corner, with Matt Briggs going close with a difficult conversion.

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