London 2NE: Diss 22 Enfield Ignatians 0


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Diss continue to climb the London Two North East table following a hard fought and very satisfactory victory.

While the win was not secured until late in the day, the hard graft paid dividends and allowed Diss the opportunity to open up the game in the last quarter.

Throughout the game Diss controlled at least 70pc of the possession but a lack of precision and discipline at the breakdown always kept the opposition in the game.

Diss opened the scoring after nine minutes following driving play through the forwards that allowed Jack Peacock the opportunity to slither over in the right-hand corner. Peacock missed the conversion and the score remained 5-0 until half-time.

Throughout the first half Diss showed they were willing to play open and expansive rugby.

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In the forwards the likes of Tim Groom, Paul Cayley, Fraser Hall, Matt Richards, John Bergin and Ryan Carter were constantly driving at the opposition and this dominance enabled Jamie Burroughs space to attack from the base of a dominant and advancing scrummage.

Coach Roger Coombs introduced John Laurie after the break and almost immediately Diss began to step up the pace and drive deep into the Enfield midfield, although they were still finding it difficult to break down a determined defence.

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But on 64 minutes Laurie found space around the side of a ruck and charged through to score close to the posts. Peacock converted and instantly Diss began to assert more pressure on a tiring opposition.

The forwards now had control of all facets of the game and won a penalty in front of the posts which allowed Peacock to increase the score to 15-0 with seven minutes left.

As an indication of the development of the Diss squad, the foot was kept on the throttle and following an excellent cross kick from Jack Keppel, Warren Wilby was able to score under the posts, allowing Peacock a simple conversion.

What will have delighted Coombs and David Smith most was the fact that Diss did not concede any points, although at times they should have released quality ball to the backs rather than taking it on one more phase.

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