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Diss
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20
League
1st XV
A WIN

A WIN

By don reekie
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BY THE SKIN OF THEIR TEETH


Another lacklustre performance by Sudbury was just enough to beat bottom of the table Diss by the skin of their teeth. Sudbury needed to beat Diss who have already been relegated to stand any chance of remaining in London League One and it now looks as if they will avoid relegation.
Diss kicked off in perfect conditions and retained possession, only for Sudbury to knock on with their first touch of the ball, to give away a scrum just inside the twenty two, their huge pack pushed Sudbury back but knocked on, on first phase, Sudbury took their own scrum going backwards.
The first time Sudbury had possession they looked dangerous spinning the ball wide, deep into home territory but spilled the ball forward in the tackle but after four minutes of play Tom Murray shipped the ball wide from the breakdown to Harry Maile on the burst and then to Matt Johnston to score.
A well weighted kick from Tom Summers put play back in the Diss half from the restart to maintain the pressure but Diss defended well and eventually worked their way into the Sudbury twenty two and hooker Richards crossed to level the score from close range. Sudbury continued to ship the ball wide at every opportunity but again seemed to fumble things at the crucial point of the move. Sudbury did have command of the lineout this week and two lineouts got Sudbury into the red zone, a scrum five allowed Murray to pick up from the base and nip over unopposed on the half hour.
Just on the half time whistle Summers kicked a penalty for Sudbury to give the blues a thirteen – five lead at the break.
The second half saw Harry Maile score soon after the restart after a good move from the backs as they moved the ball quickly across the field, with the conversion by Summers but this was the only bright spot for Sudbury in the half. Diss worked their way back into the game, from a tap penalty in the Sudbury half they put the ball through the hands and scored after a quarter of an hour and converted. Sudbury added to their woes when they had a man binned for an illegal tackle and their play was becoming scrappy. Under pressure from a five lineout and rolling maul Sudbury were faced with a five scrum and again quick hands from the home side beat the Sudbury defence to take the score to within one point after twenty five minutes of play. Sudbury then faced fifteen minutes of nerve racking play, Diss tried hard to score but Sudbury held on, just. In the last minute of play Sudbury faced a scrum and took the ball against the head denying Diss one last chance to win but it was a close run thing.
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Match details

Match date

Sat 30, Mar 2019

Kickoff

TBC

Competition

London 1 North

League position

10
Sudbury
14
Diss