Luton 68 Diss 12
Diss travelled to Bedfordshire with a much depleted line-up to face the league's in-form side.
Luton are always a tough assignment at home, so for a side lacking confidence and searching for an important winning run this was always going to be a very demanding afternoon.
Early exchanges suggested Luton were going to run the ball at all opportunities and attempt to stretch the Diss forwards across the field.
Following an early Luton goal Diss responded by putting the hosts under intense pressure in their own 22. Luton then attempted to run the ball out of defence but had not banked on Peter Chartier's total awareness to the situation. He intercepted through the midfield and scored under the posts, converting his own try. Luton responded immediately to score further tries, showing exactly why they are now one of the better sides in the league.
But Diss refused to succumb without a real fight. In the forwards Tim Groom, Charlie Crotty, Ollie Taylor and Matt Cullum were all competing toe to toe with the opposition forwards. In the back division Chartier and Warren Wilby used all their experience and know-how to stem the constant attacking tide that was coming their way, wave after wave. Following a series of forward drives Crotty was able to score to bring Diss back into the game close to half-time. The half-time score being 28-12 in favour of Luton.
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The second half proved a very difficult 40 minutes for Diss. The tackle count really began to tell and Luton were able to create a number of further scoring opportunities to really stretch the lead beyond Diss.
That said, the Diss forwards were still competing evenly with the Luton pack and should have scored two tries through close quarter driving mauls. The problem for Diss that due to a lack of confidence, scoring chances are not taken.
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