Cirencester 55 v 15 Bredon Star
With the weather improving as the Cirencester v Bredon Star match began, a large Whiteway crowd hoped for the same rugby that Ciren served up last week with some impressive running rugby. They were not going to be disappointed with the fine start made by Ciren winger, Isoa Raione who raced in at the corner to score the first try of the game. Ciren then went on to concede multiple penalties to allow Bredon field position 5m out from the home sides line. The Bredon forwards battered the Ciren line eventually breaching the line to score 5 - 5.
Ciren gained possession and spread the ball across the width of the pitch, then back again with some great handling, enabling Tom Dykes to walk over the try line to score a try straight off the training field 12-5. Another score quickly followed by backrower Archie Doyle now 17-5. The Cotswold side were in full flow now with MOTM no. 8 Matt Berry scoring the bonus point fourth try and Joe Hammond making the conversion 24-5. Half time could not come quick enough for Bredon, but they went into the half time with a positive, kicking a long-range penalty to make the halftime score 24-8.
The second half started in a subdued manner with both sides making elementary errors without stamping any authority until the Doyle again crashed over splitting the away team defence with a powerful run to the try line 29-8. This galvanised Ciren into scoring action with a total of five tries added in this half alone. Matt Berry scored again with con Joe Hammond 36-8 and Zeb Waite the impressive Ciren fullback also cashing in with a try, now 41-8.
The 8th try came and it was 48-8. Archie Doyle completed his hat trick to make it 55-8. Bredon who never gave up all afternoon and as reward for all their effort, scored the game’s final try - FT 55-15.
Said DoR Andy Deacon: “With nine tries scored we were indeed happy, but we are also aware that this was far from a perfect performance and we will strive for further improvements. Four games played in the league we remain unbeaten and top of the table, which is a good place to make such gains.”
“Confidence with this early season success is a key factor with prop Sean Beech making a name for himself in the front row, Luke Uzzell settling into the second-row berth, Joe Hammond directing the mid-field; and add in the energetic Sam Griffiths who is revelling in the scrum half position, it looks promising. We all realise it’s early days with a lot of rugby yet to be played, with continued hard work and humility will have to be applied to keep the winning theme on track.”