Palmer is a hat-trick hero for Lowestoft and Yarmouth

Lowestoft & Yarmouth II 49 Diss III 15

The irst try came from the Lowestoft pack’s solid scrum, which presented Stu Moore with clean ball to pick up and saunter through two tackles down the blindside for a try.

Continued pressure in the Diss half saw the forever reliable Dave Palmer unleash his pace, and score.

The ball was shipped out, quickly and efficiently to winger Tyler Beales who broke tackles to cut inside and score under the posts. Captain Donald MacAurther ran some strong lines from inside centre, giving another sterling performance. It was from his breaks that allowed Dave Palmer to complete yet another hat-trick. Martyn Greenwood also showed his immense strength as he took crash balls from penalties to break the defence. However Lowestoft were unluckly not to come away with points from moves involving the big Number 8.

Diss scored when a quick penalty was carried over by one of their big boys before the defence could adjust.

After the interval, it was Diss who brought the game to Lowestoft. The very impressive Lowestoft forwards used their strength to disrupt the opposing sides put-in which calmed the storm. But they could not prevent the inevitable as Diss scored two deserved tries.

Lowestoft upped their game. The boys even showed their humourous side; from a line out they played the ‘Salsa ball’, giving the crowd something to enjoy as the full line-out performed a salsa dance before Carl Stephenson could throw the ball in.

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The forwards continued an awesome display with some brilliant offloads and strong running.

Flanker Ritchie Hyde carried the ball from a ruck to advance down the pitch, setting up another setpiece which brought the play back to the other wing as Lowestoft zig-zagged their way towards the try line.

Fom clever positional play, Stephen Powles presented to Stuart Moore to gift Paul McIlwaine a score under the sticks on his debut.

The final play of the game saw pack leader Lewis Cook call for a drive from a line-out 10 metres from the try line, which topped off a brilliant afternoon for the forwards as Carl Stephenson flopped over the line for his first try in three years.

Man of the match: Tom Dare controlled the play from fly half. A special mention to veteran coach Phil Baker, who played a whole game at full-back.