Cirencester 2XV 12 v 10 Cainscross
Stroud and District Junior Plate Final
The game started in a very scrappy way with both sides unable to hold onto the ball. Perhaps this may have had something to do with both clubs having their club dinners the previous evening!
Once the game settled, Cainscross enjoyed all the territory and the majority of the ball for the first half. They would have been disappointed not to have turned all the possession into more points, with their only score being a solitary penalty. Half time 0-3 to Cainscross.
After some strong words at half time Cirencester sparked into life with great handling, but the vital pass was always spilled. With one turn over gifting possession to Cainscross, their player sprinted through the Cirencester midfield to make the score 0-10.
Ciren had it all to do and with great character, Ciren captain Gareth Owen to the fore, they hit back with a great swerving run by veteran Matt Harman who tiptoed his way over the line to score the try. Time was running out and on the front foot, Cirencester moved the ball up field; a tiring Cainscross defence was now giving Ciren the advantage with multiple penalties.
After a Ciren onslaught at the Cainy line another penalty was awarded, with a 5m line out the obvious tactic, but the energetic Harman with quick thinking and feet, darted over from close range to score his second try.
For the first time in the game Cirencester took the lead, which they duly held onto till the end to gain the victory. The Ciren young colts that played never stopped running and contributed greatly to the victory.
Well done to all.