This was another must win game for Cirencester at the Whiteway to continue the pressure on the teams ahead of them in Gloucestershire 1. The game started in a subdued manner with both teams probing each other’s defensive line. With the first quarter scoreless something had to give. It then did from an over thrown Ciren lineout which was pounced upon by the Colstonians back row who raced away to score under the posts. 0-7.
This shook Ciren into more intensity in their play which resulted in the returning Ciren centre Ben Ramsey, who broke tackles to score the home side’s first try. Quick to follow this up, scrum half Sam Griffiths scored with an excellent show-and-go to race away under the posts, with the conversion added by Tom Woodward. Half time score 12-7.
Ciren started the second half with greater pace not seen in the match previously which the Bristol side found hard to contain and with so much pressure, penalties resulted which enabled Ciren to kick to the corner, the resulting line-out drive saw Ciren tight head prop Darren Stephens touch down 17-7.
The home side were now playing with greater freedom, with their passes sticking, power house winger Sean Pritchard-Nash once again got on the end of a final pass to score, 22-7. Ciren scoring was completed when Ramsey completed his brace, taking the score to 27-7. To their credit OC never gave up and scored two tries of their own, bring greater respectability to the score line, which they deserved.
Said DoR Andy Deacon: “There are two league games left for us and we have it all still to play for. At the weekend we saw third place Old Cryptians beating second placed Cheltenham North, which has left us in with a chance to snatch second place. Next up we are away to Old Cryptians and North host Ross on Wye who sit in top spot. So Ciren currently in fourth we could still make the coveted second spot.”