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1st XV - Match centre

Sudbury
Diss
Sat 1 Dec 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 1 North Full time

ANOTHER GOOD WIN AT HOME

EVERYONE DID THEIR BIT


A large crowd at Whittome Field saw Sudbury run eight tries past basement dwellers, Diss, on Saturday, without reply. The game was not as one sided as the score suggests as Diss played well at times but lacked that final drive to get over the line.
Diss kicked off up the slope and from the initial exchanges secured a penalty midway in the Sudbury half; they opted to get some early points on the board and took the lead after two minutes of play.
Sudbury used the restart to move play deep in the Diss half and from a lineout moved the ball quickly for Shaun Smith to score. Sudbury then showed their intention by running the restart back from their own half at speed for Dan Harding to cross the line and Sam Rust to make the first of his four conversions with eight minutes on the clock. Jake Sumner was unlucky not to score again from the restart when he was taken into touch one metre from the line, Sudbury continued their assault on the visitors red zone from the lineout shipping the ball from right to left and after two phases of play Andy Goodbourn forced his way over after twenty minutes.
Sudbury were controlling the game and after a good break by Smith, Jake Sumner finally got his name on the score sheet with a try behind the posts on the half-hour. At this point Diss switched to plan B and let their forwards do most of the work, the pick and drive tactics got them into the Sudbury half for the first meaningful period of the match and tested the Sudbury defence which held firm until half time.
In the second half Diss stuck to their plan slowing the game down denying Sudbury clean possession for fifteen minutes until Jonny Taylor made a good break to put Rusty clear. This seemed to spur Sudbury on and they visibly upped the pace and were soon crossing the paintwork again via Smith out on the wing .On the half hour Jack Dachtler scored from a melee just inside the Diss half and two kicks ahead got the ball behind their defence and he outran the chasing defenders. Sudbury completed the rout with another backs move with swift hands finding Taylor to finish the move. Two conversions each for Tom Summers and Sam Rust in the second half added to the total giving Sudbury a comprehensive win.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Team selection

Smith, Shaun Smith, Shaun
Jackson, Charles Jackson, Charles
Taylor, Jonny Taylor, Jonny
Summers, Tom Summers, Tom
Rust, Sam Rust, Sam
Goodbourn, Andrew Goodbourn, Andrew
Thurlow, Jake Thurlow, Jake
Whybrow, Chris Whybrow, Chris
Ponty, Will Ponty, Will
Watkins, Harry Watkins, Harry
Conning, Sam Conning, Sam
Maile, Sam Maile, Sam
Barry, Thomas Barry, Thomas

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Amersham & Chiltern 13 35
9. Southend Saxons 13 33
10. Sudbury 13 21
11. Luton 13 16
12. Ruislip 13 16
13. Fullerians 13 10
14. Diss 13 2

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