London One North: Diss 10 Brentwood 24
10:09 13 January 2014
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Diss slipped to another defeat as they continue to find life in London One demanding and difficult.
The early exchanges found Diss in the ascendancy against a Brentwood side known for their forward power.
They put together a number a direct phases of play and should have scored in the left hand corner. A penalty attempt then went wide and Brentwood responded by scoring a well taken try in the corner.
The score remained at 5-0 until very close to half-time when a lack of defensive discipline cost Diss. Brentwood were able to score from a rolling maul and convert the try to lead 12-0 at the interval.
Diss started the second half in fine form and immediately responded to Simon Hill’s half-time talk. Having only just returned from New Zealand, John Laurie was now having a big impact and scored a wonderful individual try which was converted by Sebastian Goodge.
Diss now produced their best rugby of the game and following driving play through the back row and Fraser Hall in the centre, Goodge was able to slot a further penalty to bring the scores to 10-12. Diss supporters now believed that an important victory could be secured but their side then lost complete focus and drifted out of the game, allowing Brentwood to secure a deserved victory in the final quarter.
Diss gave away too many penalties and were lucky not to find a player sin binned for repeated offences.
The away game at Old Haberdashers next weekend could now become the defining moment of their season.