Moment of Bliss for Diss

Diss 21, Ruislip 15: Diss maintained their excellent run of form to move up to fourth place in the London 1N table on Saturday.

They stretched their unbeaten run to five matches with a hard-fought home success, with tries from Mike Fuller, Peter Bray and Aaron Bliss seeing off the determined challenge of visitors Ruislip.

Some excellent forward play led to push-over tries for Fuller and Bray in the opening period before Diss opened out after the break.

A good sized crowd was treated to some excellent running rugby and a sweeping move led to a brilliant third try from Bliss. The reliable boot of Warren Wilby provided the remainder of the points, with Ruislip always producing enough to keep the in-form home side on their toes.

Diss have now won four matches and drawn one since being hammered 51-5 by Thurrock and are just nine points behind leaders Colchester with well over half the season still to be played.

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Coach Phil Sharpe feels the heavy defeat on October 1 could prove to be a big turning point for the team.

'I still don't know what happened that day – it was a really bad afternoon for us,' he said. 'But to be fair to the lads they have been excellent since then. We had a word about what had happened, and what we needed to do differently, and they have responded superbly.

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'There's a good feel around the club at the moment. I'm certainly happy with the position we are in now and we have just got to make sure we keep this up.'

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