Diss RUFC U16 19 v Bury St Edmunds RUFC U16 24
By Kirk Bonas
Drama in Diss
Following the sunshine of last week, Bury U16's arrived at Diss to weather much more in keeping with the season, wet and windy! Following the start it was evident that the conditions would have an impact upon the game, the frenetic opening encounters not being helped by the slippery ball! Eventually, following sustained pressure, the team gained the lead with an excellent finish in the corner. As the half progressed it was clear that the team were in the ascendancy, however the evident territorial advantage did not convert into significant points, instead good Diss defence accompanied by poor decision-making ensured that at half time the score was 12-0 in Bury's favour.
As in the first half, the second half followed a similar pattern from the outset with the team exerting possession and territorial control, however again the finishing was lacking and Diss capitalised, scoring a breakaway try. Immediately the team fought back, fluent phases leading to another score in the corner which stretched the advantage. However, regardless of the control exerted the team again surrendered possession in the opposition 22m and Diss scored a second against the run of play. Unperturbed the team continued to attack with pace and purpose, rewarded by a fourth try which was converted out wide. With time running out, Bury errors led to another Diss score, ensuring a tense finish, however the team maintained the points margin and a thoroughly deserved win having been on the front foot for the majority of the game, 24-19.
Today, in difficult conditions the team again displayed all the go forward characteristics of previous weeks. Defensively the team were excellent with great line speed and a desire to prevent any Diss go forward. In attack, whilst still demonstrating some fluent phases and handling skills, particularly when scoring the first try, errors and poor decision-making reduced the points margin, whilst Diss profited against the run of play. Regardless, it was still pleasing to see the attacking intent and that, even when things are not going exactly to plan, everyone is still able to pull together to secure the win. Diss played with great commitment in defence and clinically finished the opportunities they had. Thanks to all at the club for their hospitality and we look forward to meeting you in future fixtures. Thanks also to our supportive parents, your dedication and support is greatly appreciated!
Next week will see us welcome Saffron Walden to the Haberdan.