London 1N: Ruislip 28, Diss 38

Diss recorded a third straight win to consolidate fourth position in London 1N.

In fabulous conditions it was Ruislip who took an early lead from a penalty. Within minutes the hosts had added a converted try after kicking through a poor defensive line. This naivety, lack of guile, call it what you will, soon faded. After some good interplay between Alistair Abercrombie, Andrew Horne, Tim Groom and Peter Bray, the latter powered his way over with support from Groom, with Chris Beaird converting.

Diss then showed why they are doing so well with a gritty performance, gaining the ascendency in all phases of the game. Great interplay between backs and forwards allowed Deaglan Hall to power through and score, Beaird converting. Hall, showing imperious form, then powered over for his second try.

The Diss huddle at half-time showed that Phil Sharpe meant business. Jack Peacock, playing out of position at centre, soon showed the type of break that is required to break defences down, playing it inside to the supporting Groom, who popped the pass over a creeping Ruislip defence to a rushing Todd Wishart, who ran to score a try, Beaird converting.

This period of play once again showed how Diss can play, only let down when strange decisions go against them, and so it was with a penalty awarded against the run of play, Ruislip converting.

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But just when the pressure was being exerted, Will Farrar took an interception on the half way line, and was able to score under the posts, Beaird, yet again, converting.

The pressure from the home side did not abate but with some fine defensive work from the pack and with the backs tackling everything that Ruislip could throw at them, it is to their credit that Diss scored next with what was the try of the match.

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Andrew Horne broke through after picking the ball up in his own 22 and passed it inside to Tom Holt in support, who in turn found Matt Richards. Gaining another 20 yards he passed outside to Wishart, who with a great turn of pace scored.

With yellow cards in the last four minutes to Holt and Horne, Diss had to battle against a tenacious Ruislip side who were able to add two tries.

Apart from this scare Diss can be pleased with a win against a useful Ruislip side, and are in a position in the league which is a fair reflection of the hard work that has been put in by the playing and coaching staff alike.

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