Superb run is over as Diss finally meet their match at Campion
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Diss were unable to make it six league wins on the trot in London 2NE as they were edged out in a match between the two in-form sides in the division.
Their match at Campion was a very difficult and ultimately very disappointing afternoon for Diss following their recent run of success.
For the first time this season Diss found themselves under pressure in the forwards and not able to dominate possession. The Campion pack were certainly abrasive and physical and set their stall out early into the game.
That said, Diss performed very well and were certainly the more creative in attack, playing their usual brand of open and attacking rugby.
Campion opened the scoring on five minutes with a forward orientated, converted try. Play then fluctuated from end to end with Warren Wilby and Josh Ludkin beginning to break through the Campion midfield and John Laurie gaining ground every time he had possession.
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On 33 minutes a promising Diss attack down the left-hand touchline resulted in a loss of possession and a hack through from Campion. A foot chase ensued and the Campion winger was awarded the try, to the surprise of the visitors.
Campion led 14-0 but before the break Diss surged back into their half and following interplay between backs and forwards, Ludkin slipped through to score a priceless try. Adam Goymour stepped up to convert and put Diss firmly back in the game.
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Diss lost Jamie Burroughs to a head injury at half-time and early in the second half Ludkin had to retire with an ankle injury. Whilst Campion posed a threat in the forwards their back division lacked any bite and Diss were able to attack with the possession they were winning.
Following pressure from the Campion forwards, John Bergin broke clear and on 52 minutes Laurie crashed through the midfield to score a superb individual try. Goymour was successful with the conversion and Diss were now all square at 14-14.
This was always going to be a tight encounter and on 64 minutes a grubber kick through from the Campion scrum-half enabled the winger to score another converted try and Diss now had to play catch-up again. This they did admirably, attacking from all areas, and they were ultimately denied by an aggressive and determined Campion defence, that somehow held out.
This was without doubt a true top-of-the-table clash between two very determined sides playing at the top of their game.