LONDON 1 (N) THURROCK 51 v 5 DISS
Thurrock gave their home fans more to cheer about with a well deserved victory over a gritty visiting side who never gave up. Diss who got relegated last season were in the match for long periods of the game and a try from second row Paul Cayley sandwiched between two Michael Stanley penalties see the home side lead 6-5 after a competitive opening 20 minutes. Increased Thurrock pressure finally told when Mike Stanley broke through two desperate tackles to score under the posts he added the conversion to give the home side some breathing space. A yellow card 5 minutes before the brake gave the home side a numerical advantage and they made most of it when Jake Barrand was given space to score near the posts. The subsequent conversion was charged down, something that is rare in rugby these days.
For the first time this season Thurrock managed to up the intensity for the whole game especially in defence and this showed late on with the visitors unable to make any inroads and looked unlikely to score again. The home side managed to cross the line five more times with Barrand adding his second and Captain Darryl Worster getting himself a brace. The last two tries were scored by Bradleigh Rettigan now playing in the centre and Dritan Loka the later coming on as replacement with 20 minutes to go. Michael Stanley kicked 2 conversions and Jake Barrand two, after Michael Stanley took a heavy knock and Thurrock still had the luxury of playing the last 10 minutes with only 14 men and were still able to score points. Thurrock completed another good home bonus point victory, which should put them in good heart for the long journey to North Walsham this weekend.
TEAM: Worster, Farrell (Boshell 58m), B.Stanley, M.Stanley, Barrand. Rudgeley, Cook, North, (S.Rate 61m), Murphy, C.Rate, Boshier (Loka 58m), Cooper-Hicks, Kyle Tucker, Timson ,Rettigan