Old Colstonians 12 – 11 Cirencester
On a windy and wet day in Bristol, Cirencester started the game with some great possession rugby, but keeping the ball and playing into the wind would prove to be a key factor. Old Colstonians kept infringing allowing Ciren to control the game in the open quarter and not scoring when having the dominance would untimely be the undoing for the Ciren side.
Key lineouts close to the home sides line were lost letting OC off the hook. Against the run of the play Colstonians broke through some weak Cirencester defending down the blind side to score the game’s opening try, which was converted 7-0,
To their credit Ciren battled on manfully into the wind adding continued pressure on the home side’s line without every breaking through the Bristolians line. For all their efforts they were rewarded with just two penalties making the half time score 7-6.
The second half became a tense affair with good defensive work from both sides. Ciren did gain a lineout 20m from the home side line, and with a great catch and drive they scored through hooker Scott Cannon who was carried over by more than half the side. With the conversion missed Ciren took the lead for the first in the match 7-11.
This galvanised the home side into action and with a line break through mid-field and Ciren in scramble defence mode, Old Colstonians moved the ball neatly along the back line to score the decisive match winning score in the corner.
Cirencester huffed and puffed but their inaccuracy yet again cost them the opportunities to gain field position and gain the win. As Ciren players left the field the feeling was that this was a game that they could and should have won.
The final league game for 2018 is this Saturday at the Whiteway against Old Cryptians KO at 2:30pm. Cirencester sits in the tight top tier of the Gloucester 1 league in 5th place with just 5 points between the top five sides.