Letchworth 7-41 Diss: Norfolk visitors prove too strong for the Legends

PUBLISHED: 14:42 22 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:52 22 January 2018

Letchworth RFC V Diss .


Picture: Karyn Haddon.

Letchworth RFC V Diss . Picture: Karyn Haddon.

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Letchworth lost to Diss 41-7 at Legends Lane at the weekend.

Letchworth RFC V Diss .


Picture: Karyn Haddon. Letchworth RFC V Diss . Picture: Karyn Haddon.

The match could well be described as a season-defining game for Letchworth, because after having scraped through against fellow relegation strugglers South Woodham Ferrers last week, a win against their visitors from Norfolk could have proved vital come the end of the season.

Letchworth RFC V Diss - Lewis Waters in action for Letchworth.


Picture: Karyn Haddon. Letchworth RFC V Diss - Lewis Waters in action for Letchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

Up until Saturday Diss were still in the mix at the bottom end of the table – however their bulk and indeed class shone through to give them a well deserved victory.

Letchworth RFC V Diss - Sam Richardson in action for Letchworth.


Picture: Karyn Haddon. Letchworth RFC V Diss - Sam Richardson in action for Letchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

Wise observers singled out Steve Hipkiss, the Diss number eight as the game’s most influential player, as he displayed his class and rugby skill he had honed as captain of Cambridge in National One – and who was the inspiration for a team which grew in confidence as the match progressed.

Letchworth RFC V Diss - Lewis Waters in action for Letchworth.


Picture: Karyn Haddon. Letchworth RFC V Diss - Lewis Waters in action for Letchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

Letchworth, having started off badly, fought till the end, scoring the final try of the game through young scrumhalf Tom Robinson.

Letchworth RFC V Diss - Kieron Davies in action for Letchworth.


Picture: Karyn Haddon. Letchworth RFC V Diss - Kieron Davies in action for Letchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

All of the youngsters in the side played with grit and determination but were unable to stem the bulkier visitors forwards in certain areas of the game and in the conditions the visitors handling throughout was exceptional.

Letchworth RFC V Diss - Kieron Davies in action for Letchworth.


Picture: Karyn Haddon. Letchworth RFC V Diss - Kieron Davies in action for Letchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

Both sides showed great commitment in awful weather conditions and by the end of the game it was hard to tell the teams apart due to the amount of mud clinging to all the players.

Letchworth RFC V Diss - Kieron Davies in action for Letchworth.


Picture: Karyn Haddon. Letchworth RFC V Diss - Kieron Davies in action for Letchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

At one stage Letchworth skipper Richard Stoke resembled the famous photograph of Fran Cotton emerging like a rhino out of the New Zealand mud as he came off the field.

Letchworth RFC V Diss - Kieron Davies in action for Letchworth.


Picture: Karyn Haddon. Letchworth RFC V Diss - Kieron Davies in action for Letchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

It was the worst possible start for Legends as after only a few minutes the Diss centre ran a great line to cut through butterlike defence and score a seven pointer.

Letchworth RFC V Diss - Joe Alison in action for Letchworth.


Picture: Karyn Haddon. Letchworth RFC V Diss - Joe Alison in action for Letchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

Minutes later Hipkiss showed his class close to the line gathering the ball brushing off tackle after tackle to go over for another seven points.

Letchworth RFC V Diss .


Picture: Karyn Haddon. Letchworth RFC V Diss . Picture: Karyn Haddon.

As the Norfolk Side exerted more pressure upfront they were rewarded with another five pointer and were out of sight after 20 minutes.

Letchworth RFC V Diss - Lewis Waters in action for Letchworth.


Picture: Karyn Haddon. Letchworth RFC V Diss - Lewis Waters in action for Letchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

Hipkiss scored Diss’ bonus point try to make the lead 26-0 at half-time.

Letchworth RFC V Diss - Joe Alison in action for Letchworth.


Picture: Karyn Haddon. Letchworth RFC V Diss - Joe Alison in action for Letchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

Although the Legends came out with renewed determination it was the visitors who put points on the board within minutes before two quick tries from Diss midway through the second half gave them their final score 41 points.

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