Cirencester 82 v 0 Southmead #Gloucester1
With Southmead bottom of the table, and Cirencester looking to bounce back from the disappointing loss to Cheltenham North the previous week, Ciren did start as hot favourites to win and get five points. The early exchanges indicated the home side would indeed gain the points they desperately required to keep them in the promotion hunt. Early tries through Luke Uzzell and Sam Griffiths settled the nerves, the reality was Ciren were in complete control with the Bristol side struggling to keep pace with Ciren who were moving the ball well through both the backs and forwards.
As half time approached it was clear Cirencester were going to win, the second half saw Southmead tire enabling the powerful Ciren full back Zeb Waite to complete his hattrick, and not to be out done Tom Grainger-Williams, the lightening Ciren winger weighed in with a hattrick of his own; also his wing partner Sean Pritchard-Nash with big runs scored a well-deserved brace.
The final score of 82-0 was the best result for Cirencester to date, once again giving them momentum as they enter in the final quarter of the season. With Cheltenham North losing to Dursley it moves Ciren within 5 points of second place and the push for promotion.
The next game for Ciren is in fact against Dursley at the Whiteway, which presents a stern challenge for the Whiteway men as in recent seasons Dursley has very much had the upper hand on their rivals. Both Cirencester 1XV and 2XV teams have it all to play for with the 2nd team in top spot in their Gloucester District 2 league, being a game away from gaining promotion.
Chosen Hill FP 2nds 17 v 25 Cirencester 2XV
The game started with CIren camping themselves in Chosen’s 22 area and not allowing the home side to gain any momentum or escape from their own half, in the end pressure told and from a dominant scrum the ball was moved wide for a try to be scored. Half time saw Ciren in front but having to work hard for their dominance.
The second half saw the game get even tighter with Chosen Hill applying a large amount of pressure with only stout work in defence from Halsey and Owen in the centres kept the visitors in front. Finally breaking out through midfield Cirencester gained further momentum and scored, and keeping the up the pressure led to penalties being conceded by the home side in front of the posts to allow Harman the chance to stretch the score.
A late surge from Chosen saw them score in the corner on the stroke of the final whistle to see Cirencester win again 25 – 17. Among the try scorers were Jack Amorogie, Rhys Owen, Andy Halsey. A special mention to Steve Langley and Mark Vaughan for putting fine performances in the front row having not played a great deal of rugby this year.
Well to both teams.