Diss RFC 19 v 39 Fullerians RFC
By Alan Gittins
Ultimately the stronger Fullerians eight and the technical inability of the Diss lineout cost the side dearly
Diss RFC 19 Fullerians RFC 39
Leading with only twenty minutes remaining suggested that at last Diss were going to be able to secure the points required to give themselves a confidence boosting victory for all their hard work so far this season. Ultimately the stronger Fullerians eight and the technical inability of the Diss lineout cost the side dearly.
Fullerians dominated the early exchanges, establishing a ten point lead after 10 minutes thus putting the home side under immediate pressure. An attacking 5 metre line out was safely secured by the Diss eight allowing Matt Richards and Jake Girdler to drive over the line with Girdler eventually touching down. Chris Beaird stepping up to convert. Diss responded with a growing confidence by attacking through their talented back division best illustrated when Warren Wilby and Chris Beaird combined to send Cutu Serruys through for an outstanding and much deserved second try. Whilst under pressure in the forward battles the Diss three quarters were relishing the front foot ball and looked a real threat to the Fullerians midfield. The guile of Warren Wilby and Andre Dunn coupled with the real pace of Shaun Blythe and Cutu Serruys certainly augured well for the second half. On the stroke of half time Fullerians full back Dan Evans restored the visitors lead with a well taken penalty.
The introduction of Jamie Burroughs at scrum half had the desired effect with Burroughs himself breaking clear to pressure the Fullerians line at the outset of the second half. A superb individual break from Andre Dunn sent Diss Captain, John Bergin over to score at the outset of the half to bring the home support to its feet. Converted by Chris Beaird, Diss now had the opportunity to take command and establish control. Fullerians now fully exposed their dominating strength in the tight, coupled with a deteriorating Diss line out to soon re-establish the lead, following a series of driving mauls. Owen Scully scoring and Dan Evans converting to put the home side on the back foot yet again. Trying to play an expansive game Diss established an attacking line out within the Fullerians half only to see the ball lost and minutes later a driving Fullerians scrum sent Man of the Match, George Harvey, over the line to put the game beyond the home side. Harvey completed a deserved win for the visitors by crashing over following a series of close quarter drives. Diss had yet again played with determination and true spirit without any reward.