South Woodham Ferrers 15 Diss 29 – Impressive visitors flying high despite a lack of home fixtures
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Diss maintained their winning start to the season with yet another emphatic performance away from home.
On paper the early season fixtures looked daunting, with three early matches away from Mackenders, but the form of Roger Coombs and David Smith's squad highlights the style of rugby being played and the positive statement being laid down to the rest of the league.
South Woodham Ferrers proved a hard nut to crack, taking an early lead following an offside infringement at a ruck. Diss immediately responded, producing a series of attacks that led to Sean McClure stepping beautifully inside his opposite number to score under the posts. Philip LeLeivre converted to give Diss a deserved advantage.
South Woodham replied immediately with a well worked try of their own but Ryan Shannon was then able to disrupt a home attack and Giles West pounced on the loose ball to score under the posts, with LeLievre converting. The lead moved on to 17-10 as LeLievre converted a penalty before a well worked driving maul brought the home team back into the game with an unconverted try.
Diss then attacked deep into the home half and following a well–controlled wheel at the ensuing scrummage, Jamie Burroughs exploited the chasm that opened and crashed over for yet another converted try to make the half-time score 24-15.
The second half was less of a spectacle, with the Diss defensive effort beginning to be a decisive element to the game.
After pressure close to the South Woodham line, Michael Fuller forced his way over and scored the bonus point try that secured victory.
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Diss should have secured more points but a number of forwards developed white line fever and chances were lost.
Following the introduction of Timothy Groom, the Diss scrummage was now rock solid and the game was being totally dictated by the Diss forwards, with half backs Burroughs and Jack Peacock forcing South Woodham onto the back foot as the game came to its conclusion. The game management and decision making of this Diss side were yet again a crucial element to success.
Without doubt, Diss left 20 points out on the field but the early season momentum had certainly been maintained.