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1st XV - Match centre

Eton Manor
Sat 22 Sep TBC - London & SE Division - London 1 North Full time

Diss RFC 13 v 43 Eton Manor RFC


Throughout the first half Diss showed what they are capable of when playing the top sides in the League

Diss RFC 13 Eton Manor RFC 43
Throughout the first half Diss showed what they are capable of when playing the top sides in the League. Having to play twenty minutes of the second half with only fourteen men meant that Diss conceded twenty six points within this period. Once restored to full strength Diss yet again exposed weaknesses in the Eton Manor defence.
Committed and solid defence from the entire Diss team halted early Eton Manor pressure thus allowing the home side to establish a platform from which to attack and play with a higher level of continuity. For the first time this season Diss took the lead on twenty minutes with a well struck Chris Beaird penalty. Diss now played a period of attacking rugby that really stretched the visitors. Alex Leader, John Laurie, George Jones and Warren Wilby were combining fluidly. The Diss eight had the upper hand in the tight scrummage and rather surprising did not receive the rewards they deserved from the officials. On thirty minutes concentration levels dropped allowing Mike Byrne to crash through far too many loose tackles to place the visitors in the lead. Eton Manor now asserted more pressure inside the Diss twenty two that warranted brave defence from the whole side. A wonderful turn over from John Laurie secured Diss ball that sent the evergreen Tim Groom deep into the Eton Manor half. With a penalty awarded, Chris Beaird stepped up to strike the ball through the posts to send the home side in at half time only one point down with all to play for.
Exchanges at the beginning of the second half reflected the eagerness of both teams to attack at every opportunity. With fifty minutes played Jack Sullivan the Eton Manor fly half changed strategy and ran directly from first phase possession scoring a well taken individual try to give the visitors a strong foot hold in the game. Diss then suffered hugely when Tim Groom was sin binned for a tackling infringement. A series of Eton Manor attacks were thwarted by superb tackling from Connor McBryde and John Laurie. With the strength of the Diss scrum nullified, Eton Manor scored a penalty try from a push over and a second try from Jack Sullivan.
A Second yellow card sealed the fate of the home side with further tries being scored by Manor Winger Sam Handley and Number eight, Michael Eghan. Throughout the season thus far, Diss have fought to the end and fully deserved their award of a penalty try in the final minutes. Attacking play from Warren Wilby, Alex Leader, Serruys Jorge and Chris Beaird set up a Diss scrum five metrs out. Now restored to full strength the Diss eight drove towards the line securing a deserved penalty try. Whilst Manor deserved to win the final score did not reflect how close the game had been apart from the extended period of yellow cards.

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Videos and photos

Eton Manor Clip 1
Eton Manor Clip 1

Team selection

Beaird, Chris Beaird, Chris
Miller, Tom Miller, Tom
Wilby, Warren Wilby, Warren
McBryie, Connor McBryie, Connor
Serruys,  Jorge (Cutu) Serruys, Jorge (Cutu)
Jones, George Jones, George
Leeder, Alex Leeder, Alex
Laurie, John Laurie, John
Brooks, Alistair Brooks, Alistair
Garnham, Nick Garnham, Nick
Hudson, Will Hudson, Will
Bergin, John Bergin, John
Groom, Tim Groom, Tim
Girdler, Jake Girdler, Jake
Richards, Matt Richards, Matt

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
8. Old Priorians 26 63
9. Eton Manor 26 58
10. Ruislip 26 52
11. Sudbury 26 51
12. Fullerians 26 43
13. Luton 26 17
14. Diss 26 9

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