Rochford rocked as Diss fire broadside
Diss 24, Rochford Hundred 13: A broadside is a measurement of a vessel's maximum simultaneous fire power which can be delivered upon a single target.
On Saturday Rochford Hundred were the target for a determined Diss side eager to show they have the power and drive to finish among the London One North leaders .
This was evident from the kick-off, with some fine running and defensive tackling, most notably from Warren Wilby, as both sides contributed to an open game.
Rochford opened the scoring after five minutes from a charge down in the Diss 22, the ball miraculously staying in the hands of the second row, who popped it out for the fly-half to score under the posts.
Diss responded by camping inside the Rochford 22 metre line. Mike Fuller, Fraser Hall and Andrew Horne combined to create an opening for the backs, who effortlessly passed the ball to Tom Holt, who broke a tackle and crossed over for the first home try, converted by Wilby.
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Rochford refused to buckle under this type of pressure and it wasn't long before they took the lead with a penalty awarded after a number of handling and rucking errors by Diss in their own half.
This became the turning point in the game as Diss, showing greater discipline and a more expansive form of attack from the backs, were able to keep Rochford pinned in their own half.
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The forwards in particular were able to establish a platform for the backs to run at Rochford, forcing them on the defensive.
This allowed Paul Cayley, after some useful work from Hall, to run in a try which Wilby converted.
Again Rochford hit back with a penalty before Wilby responded in kind. But the final try of the half went to Diss, scored by a rejuvenated Josh Williams with Wilby again converting.
While the first half was a game of expansive and flowing rugby, the second proved to be war of attrition, with handling errors at key moments stopping any fluidity in open play.
The only bright moment of the second half was a cameo appearance from veteran Will Farrar, who played for just one minute. There was no addition to the scoreline.
Diss, playing like they did, now know they can beat teams in this league and should travel to Thurrock this weekend with greater confidence.