London 2NE: Diss 30 Old Cooperians 15
- Credit: John Bulloch
Following last week's poor display at Romford, Diss returned to Mackenders to register their most accomplished performance of the season so far against morning leaders Old Cooperians.
Early exchanges were evenly matched, with Diss taking the lead with a well struck Sean McClure penalty. Then, on 20 minutes, a speculative chip kick from McClure allowed the speedy Philip LeLievre the opportunity to claim possession and then jink his way through to score a superb individual try which McClure converted.
Diss captain Giles West left the field following a heavy tackle, to be replaced by John Laurie, who went on to have a big influence of the game.
The visitors got back into the game before the break however when a stray Diss kick was hacked through by Cooperians, allowing their in-form winger Kolade Awobowale to score an opportunist try.
Cooperians responded first following the break, with Awobowale scoring for the second time following superb approach work, the try being converted by Tom Morgan. The attitude and wholehearted desire of the home side now came to the fore.
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A collective approach was required at this stage and the more experienced heads in the team responded superbly. Steve Hipwell, Laurie, Tim Groom, Michael Fuller and Jamie Burroughs all accelerated the Diss driving game, allowing McClure the opportunity of slotting a further penalty to retake the lead. The Diss scrum and driving maul now took control, with the whole side playing the best quarter of the season so far.
The Cooperians defence fell apart and on 50 minutes, Hipwell drove off the back of a solid scrum to force his way over, thus ensuring that momentum was firmly in the hands of the home side.
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Diss maintained their off-loading game and on 63 minutes, following approach work from McClure, Laurie and Hipwell, Freddy Precious side-stepped over to the delight of the large crowd. A 25-15 scoreline reflected the dominance of the home side and the pressure they were now exerting on the leaders. A speculative kick into the Cooperians' 22 was miss-fielded and the ever alert Precious released a quick line-out, allowing LeLievre the opportunity to score the final Diss try.