1st XV - Match centre

Diss
Rochford Hundred
Full time
S Turner (2), m billings (2), N Grier, T Corbet
M Stewart (3)
Sat 8 Apr 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 2 North East

A GREAT MATCH TO FINISH LEAGUE SEASON

Report by Graham Pratt

In the end Diss showed why they have dominated this league with their superior finishing and support play but they had to fight very hard to win this one.

The score line does not reflect the full story of this terrific, competitive and fine quality match where Rochford took the game to their high-flying opponents and scored six tries in the process.

On a lovely sunny Spring afternoon, the large crowd were entertained by a 15 try bonanza with fast flowing rugby from both sides.

It did not start well for Rochford going down 5 points very early on but they responded straight away with a well taken try by hooker Scott Turner to level the score.

This was followed up by another very similar effort from Turner and Matt Stewart converted from the touchline to put his side 12-5 ahead.

Diss replied with a converted try from their classy full back to level at 12-12 and then scored a further two converted tries to pull further away.

The game was being played at a frantic pace with the ball moving quickly from forwards to backs and back again from both teams.

Rochford always looked dangerous when in possession and every time full back mark billings had the ball Diss found him more than a handful as he stormed through their defence to link with his back division.

He showed this power outstandingly when he picked up the ball deep in his half and glided and sped through Diss’s cover to dive over in the corner for an outstanding try.

Once again the home outfit raised their game to race over for a converted try to take the score to 17-33 at the break.

Set scrums and lineout were fiercely contested by both sides and Rochford were aggressive in the loose.

The game continued in the same vein in the second half and Diss went over again for a converted try but the Essex boys came back hard and both Nik Grier and Tom Corbet went over to score and Stewart

Converted one of these to bring the scoreboard to 29-40 and the visitors seemed to be getting the edge.

Diss were determined that their final afternoon was not going to be spoilt and promptly responded with another converted try to pull away again.

Once again Rochford found that extra effort and Billings finished off a fine piece of attacking play and Stewart added the 2 points to bring the score to 36-47.

A pulsating final few minutes ensued but this was where the extra class of the home team clicked in and with excellent support play saw them go over for 2 more tries, one of which was converted to finish proceedings.

Diss were confirmed well deserved champions but they knew they had been pushed all the way by this much-improved Rochford outfit who probably saved their best performance of their season for this game.

Well done to all the squad for all your hard work and really giving it everything in this last league outing. We are proud of the way you played and the class you showed.

The league season is now over but we still have some unfinished business to do when Rochford take on Romford and Gidea Park in the Essex Cup Final on 22nd April.

Key moments

9:00
Try Scott Turner scores for Rochford Hundred
14:00
Try Scott Turner scores for Rochford Hundred
14:00
Conversion Matt Stewart kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
36:00
Try mark billings scores for Rochford Hundred
55:00
Try Nik Grier scores for Rochford Hundred
55:00
Conversion Matt Stewart kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
59:00
Try Tom Corbet scores for Rochford Hundred
68:00
Try mark billings scores for Rochford Hundred
68:00
Conversion Matt Stewart kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred

Highlights

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72:00 Sub Off
Max Bacon is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
72:00 Sub On
Louis Warner is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
70:00 Sub Off
Louis Warner is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
70:00 Sub On
Jake Knowles is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
68:00 Try 0 - 34
mark billings scores for Rochford Hundred
68:00 Conversion 0 - 36
Matt Stewart kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
66:00 Sub On
Louie Marshall is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
66:00 Sub Off
Matt White is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
59:00 Try 0 - 29
Tom Corbet scores for Rochford Hundred
55:00 Try 0 - 24
Nik Grier scores for Rochford Hundred
55:00 Conversion 0 - 19
Matt Stewart kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
51:00 Sub Off
Jake Knowles is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
51:00 Sub On
Max Bacon is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
40:00 Sub On
Reece Levy is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
End of period 1
36:00 Try 0 - 17
mark billings scores for Rochford Hundred
20:00 Sub Off
Michael Mark is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
14:00 Conversion 0 - 12
Matt Stewart kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
14:00 Try 0 - 10
Scott Turner scores for Rochford Hundred
9:00 Try 0 - 5
Scott Turner scores for Rochford Hundred
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As it happened

  • Diss
  • Rochford Hundred
  • 0
  • Scott Turner Try 9:00'
  • Scott Turner Try 14:00'
  • Matt Stewart Conversion 14:00'
  • Michael Mark Sub Off 20:00'
  • mark billings Try 36:00'
  • Reece Levy Sub On 40:00'
  • Jake Knowles Sub Off 51:00'
  • Max Bacon Sub On 51:00'
  • Nik Grier Try 55:00'
  • Matt Stewart Conversion 55:00'
  • Tom Corbet Try 59:00'
  • Louie Marshall Sub On 66:00'
  • Matt White Sub Off 66:00'
  • mark billings Try 68:00'
  • Matt Stewart Conversion 68:00'
  • Louis Warner Sub Off 70:00'
  • Jake Knowles Sub On 70:00'
  • Max Bacon Sub Off 72:00'
  • Louis Warner Sub On 72:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Old Cooperians 22 60
7. Woodford 22 58
8. Rochford Hundred 22 57
9. Norwich 22 55
10. Ipswich 22 34
11. Holt 22 23
12. Campion 22 6

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