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Eton Manor secure comfortable 51-15 home win over Diss thanks in part to a Michael Eghan hat-trick
5:10pm Monday 18th February 2013 in Blackburn Rovers & Premier League Table & Results
Eton Manor secured a convincing 51-15 home win over Diss thanks in part to Michael Eghan who weighed in with a hat-trick of tries.
In a game that was played at Bancroft’s’ home ground due to a waterlogged pitch at their usual setting, Manor’s Chris Jones (two), Huw Levis and Garth Tucker completed the five-point scores.
Ben Thomas enjoyed a good day from the tee as well, recording five conversions and two penalties for the home side.
Manor went over after six minutes when David Hanna played in Jones to scamper away 50 metres out and Thomas made it 7-0 with the conversion. Diss reduced the lead to two points with an unconverted try just minutes later before indiscipline cost them in the 15th minute, giving away a penalty slightly outside their 22 which Thomas kicked over.
Diss then gave away another two penalties with Thomas only scoring the latter with a 28-metre effort and just before the half-hour mark, swift passing from the Manor backs released Jones to score his second try of the game. Thomas added the extras.
Diss recorded the final try of the half when the away side’s winger touched down after an intelligent chip through to make the score 20-10 in Manor’s favour at half time.
Thomas’ long pass out wide to Eghan gave Manor their first score of the second half and the assist was followed up by a conversion.
The bonus point was soon secured when Levis spun round his man and landed the ball to add a fourth try.
Thomas missed his conversion but made no mistake with his attempt following Tucker’s try 15 minutes into the second half.
Manor held an unassailable lead of 39-10 by this point and five minutes later Eghan went over the whitewash once more with Thomas converting to make it 46-10.
Eghan completed his hat-trick, running 40 metres to secure the feat and no more points were won by the superior hosts.
Diss made a good account of themselves in the final 10 minutes and managed to score an unconverted try to bring the final tally up to 51-15.
Manor have to wait a fortnight for the chance to build on this impressive performance when they come up against a strong Bury St Edmunds XV.