Diss finish championship campaign in style
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London Two North Diss 59 Rochford Hundred 36 On a warm, sunny spring afternoon, champions Diss ended their league campaign in style in an exciting game with a victory that keeps their three-year unbeaten home record intact.
With promotion assured the hosts did not have things all their own way after scoring with less than three minutes on the clock through a mazy run from Beaird, set up by McClure, to feed Le Lievre and onto Laurie who went over for the try.
Rochford responded immediately with a flowing backs move first right then left and with Diss defending too narrow Pickering found space out wide to score the visitors first try, converted.
A second was to follow swiftly after that as again Diss defending too narrow allowed a grubber kick through their defensive line for Pickering to chase and score an unconverted try, making it 12-5 to the visitors.
But Diss powered back, scoring tries through West, Richards and Le Lievre before Rochford stuck again.
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However, Beaird barrelled his way through two defenders to score under the posts before the break, giving Diss the final say in the half and a 33-17 lead.
Diss were in a belligerent mood in the second stanza, with their pack starting to dominate proceedings and soon after the half started, created possibly the best try of the match.
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It began from a ruck midfield when Hipwell broke two tackles to feed McClure who jinxed through two more defenders, off loaded to Wilby who timed his pass beautifully to Le Lievre to go over for his second try.
Rochford fought back with a try from flanker Rufai, and another try from a clearance kick from Beaird, collected by their number 7 in midfield who chose a running line on the blind side. After breaking three tackles, went on to score a solo try, reducing the Diss lead to 40-29.
And so the scoring continued apace, Wilby scoring for Diss, Rochford replying and then Wishart getting in on the try action for the champions.
Hipwell, who had an outstanding game, also got in on the action from the last scrum of the game with a pick and go from the base beating three defenders to score wide.
A breathless finish to a good game of rugby.