Sat 20 April S&D Senior Combination Cup Final KO 3pm

Team News Saturday 20 April

CIRENCESTER v DURSLEY
VENUE: PAINSWICK RFC BROADHAM FIELDS, STROUD ROAD, PAINSWICK GL6 6RS
COMPETITION: STROUD & DISTRICT SENIOR COMBINATION CUP FINAL

KO: 3.00pm

1XV TEAM SELECTION
1. S. BEECH
2. G. OWEN
3. D. STEPHENS
4. O. GIBSON
5. L. UZZELL
6. W. McCARTHY
7. R. BROOKES
8. M. BERRY
9. J. FIRTH
10. I. THOMAS
11. S. PRITCHARD-NASH
12. O. NEWMAN (CAPT)
13. B. RAMSEY
14. T. GRAINGER-WILLIAMS
15. I. RAIONE
16. A. FIELD
17. A. BUCHALIK
18. S. CANNON
19. M. HEYWOOD
20. M. HOWELL
21. H. WILLIAMS
22. L. NEWMAN

STAFF
A. DEACON (DOR)
A. WOOD (TEAM MANAGER)
J. BARNES (PHYSIO)

All players to return to the club post-game for drinks. Can I encourage all squad not selected (including Colts) to come along and support the team. Good luck to all.

Game Day! Cirencester v Old Elizabethans today at 3pm

Game day ! Here’s the team line up ! 

CIRENCESTER v OLD ELIZABETHANS
VENUE: THE WHITEWAY
#GLOUCESTER1
KO: 3.00pm

1XV SQUAD SELECTION:
1. S. BEECH
2. G. OWEN
3. D. STEPHENS
4. O. GIBSON
5. L. UZZELL
6. W. McCARTHY
7. J. RENOWDEN
8. A. HAMMOND
9. T. WOODWARD
10. O. NEWMAN (CAPT)
11. S. PRITCHARD-NASH
12. M. BERRY
13. B. RAMSEY
14. A. HALSEY
15. L. NEWMAN
16. A. FIELD
17. R. BROOKES
18. S. MACFARLANE

STAFF:
A. DEACON (DOR)
L. STRATFORD (FORWARD COACH)
H. COCHRANE (BACKS COACH)
A. WOOD (TEAM MANAGER)
J. BARNES (PHYSIO)
D. SHRIMPTON (FILM)

Team photo will be taken pre-game. Post-game GIN NIGHT will take place. All players, including seconds to attend. Good luck to all.

Old Cryptians 24 v 17 Cirencester #Gloucester1

With both sides pushing for promotion, this was like a cup final with the loser being out of contention to gain the much-coveted second position in Gloucestershire One. Good conditions were set for the afternoon and a large crowd gathered in anticipation of an entertaining encounter, with both sides committed to running rugby.

The opening minutes saw the home side put pace on the ball, moving the point of attack and asking questions of the Ciren defence who were defending with great courage. With Cryptians playing down the slope, Ciren were finding it hard to find a way out of their own half, and when they did, they gave the ball away in the home side territory, letting the Gloucester side back into the game.

The first try went the way of the home side with a powerful run to the line. Ciren had to score to gain a foothold in the game, and this came from the boot of Ciren full back Mike Howell who kicked a well struck penalty. With OC enjoying the lion’s share of possession, the Ciren backrow comprising James Renowden, Will MacCarthy and Alex Hammond were working overtime in defence to thwart the advances. From a quick tap penalty Old Cryptians did race away to score the home side second try, which was again converted 14-3.

At this stage Ciren had to stay in the game, but retaining the ball was a difficulty for the Cotswold club, and with any scrap ball the Tuffley side’s speedy backs capitalised, resulting in the best try of the game scored in the corner, making the half time score 19-3.

To have any chance to secure the victory, Ciren had to score first in the second half. True to the script they did just that through a penalty try after the home side were penalised at scrum time. At this stage OC had two players in the sin bin, after a deliberate knock on and a late tackle. Ciren were now playing like a side who could sense a comeback was on, which it was after a great pass from Ciren skipper Oliver Newman who found the impressive centre Matt Berry to score; converted by Mike Howell. Now it was game on at 19-17 with fifteen minutes to play.

Both sides were nullifying each other with some great defensive sets, helped by some indifferent skills, and decisions from both sides. From a Cryptians line-out drive, Ciren defence straying off side, and from the resulting penalty the Cryptians once again crashed over to score their fourth try, and the win 24-17. Ciren will rue the opportunities they had to score which were not taken and which they needed in such a tight game. With all Ciren players putting in a lot of effort, and to come away with a losing BP was hard to take.

The Cirencester 2XV fixture v Old Pats 3rds was cancelled by the opposition. Thanks for supporting the 1XV in return.

Well done guys on winning the District 2 League. A fantastic season.

 

Cirencester 1XV v Old Cryptians KO3pm Sat 6 April #Gloucester1

Team News: Cirencester v Old Cryptians

Team news for big promotion push game tomorrow !

CIRENCESTER v OLD CRYPTIANS
VENUE: THE MEMORIAL GROUND TUFFLEY AVENUE GLOUCESTER GL1 5NS
#Gloucester1
MEET TIME: 12.15PM
** BUS LEAVES AT 12:45 PROMPT **
KO: 3.00pm

1XV TEAM SELECTION:
1. S. BEECH
2. N. NEWMAN
3. D. STEPHENS
4. O. GIBSON
5. A. DEACON
6. W. McCARTHY
7. J. RENOWDEN
8. A. HAMMOND
9. S. GRIFFITHS
10. O. NEWMAN (CAPT)
11. S. PRITCHARD-NASH
12. M. BERRY
13. B. RAMSEY
14. T. GRAINGER-WILLIAMS
15. M. HOWELL
16. L.UZZELL
17. R. BROOKES
18. G. OWEN

STAFF:
A. DEACON (DOR)
L. STRATFORD (FORWARD COACH)
H. COCHRANE (BACKS COACH)
A. WOOD (TEAM MANAGER)
J. BARNES (PHYSIO)
D. SHRIMPTON (FILM)

Good luck guys. Play hard, play smart. Bring home the points!

Bus to Old Cryptians on Saturday. Supporters welcome on board for £5!

🚎 Bus to @OldCryptiansRFC this Sat.

Come & support @CirencesterRFC team in this nail biter promotion battle. Jump on the bus departing at 12:45 prompt for just £5!

Book your seat with Deacs / Woody or on Messenger! All support welcome to cheer the boys. 🚎

Cirencester 27 - 19 Old Colstonians

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.”

Gin Night 🍸 Saturday 13 April

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Save the date! #ginnight at @CirencesterRFC end of season bit of a do! Saturday 13 April after rugby. Showcasing fab gins from @warnersgin for all players members & partners 🍸

Team News! 1XV v Old Colstonians | 2XV away Gordon League 2s

CIRENCESTER v OLD COLSTONIANS

VENUE: WHITEWAY
COMPETITION: GLOUCESTERSHIRE ONE
MEET TIME: 12.45am / KO: 2.30pm

1XV SQUAD SELECTION:

1. S. BEECH
2. N. NEWMAN
3. D. STEPHENS
4. O. GIBSON
5. W. McCARTHY
6. L. UZZELL
7. R. BROOKES
8. A. HAMMOND
9. S. GRIFFITHS
10. O. NEWMAN (CAPT)
11. S. PRITCHARD-NASH
12. B. RAMSEY
13. L. NEWMAN
14. T. WOODWARD
15. I. RAIONE
16. S. GENILLARD
17. M. BERRY
18. T. GRAINGER-WILLIAMS

STAFF:
A. DEACON (DOR)
J. BARNES (PHYSIO)
D. SHRIMPTON (FILM)

CIRENCESTER 2XV v GORDON LEAGUE 2s
VENUE: HEMPSTED LANE, HEMPSTED. GLOUCESTER GL2 5JN
COMPETITION: GLOUCESTER DISTRICT LEAGUE (2)
MEET TIME: 12.30pm / KO: 2:30

2XV SQUAD SELECTION:

1. G. OWEN
2. N. OWEN (CAPT)
3. T. SKELTON
4. J. ARMORGIE
5. M. HEYWOOD
6. T. PARKES
7. J. HARRISON
8. A. FIELD
9. R. WATHAN
10. M. HOWELL
11. T. WOODLEY
12. R. OWEN
13. S. MACFARLANE
14. S. JONES
15. A. BARKER
16. A. MOULD
17. S. LANGLEY
18. M. VAUGHAN
19. R. WILLIAMS
20. D. NICOLE
21. S. CANNON

STAFF:
T. WENBAN (TEAM MANAGER)
N. OWEN (TEAM MANGER)

Good luck to both teams !

Ciren 1XV win on the road and on 4G!

North Bristol 29 V 40 Cirencester #Gloucester1

This was new territory for Cirencester playing on a 4G pitch, and both teams had to also handle the gusty conditions. Cirencester started the game in frantic fashion without getting to grips with conditions, kicking away possession which enabled North to gain territory with wind assisted kicks, and resulted in them gaining the game’s first try 5-0. This was quickly followed up with another shortly after. Ciren were on the rack at this point, they needed to score next which they duly did through wingman Isoa Raione (Ice) 10-7. The score was only a short respite for Ciren as North again hit back with two tires from some indifferent Ciren defence 24-7. When in possession Ciren always looked dangerous but with elementary mistakes, they could not sustain any sort of pressure. With time running out in the first half hard working back row forward Will McCarthy with a great supporting running line, finished off a strong Ciren attack to score 24-12.

The score gave massive confidence to the Cotswold side who scored their third try of the half through their powerful winger Sean Pritchard-Nash who blasted his way through the midfield defence and raced under the posts, with Howell kicking the conversion, making the half time score 24-19.

Now with the wind CIren were in a determined mood to score the opening try of the second half with that man Howell dummying his way to the try line for his a brace of tries, with Ciren taking the lead for the first time 24-26. Their advantage did not last long as the North hit back with a try of their own 29-26.

The game started to break up with the fast pace of the game started to take its toll on some of the players. Ciren who had dominated the lineouts and scrum all game, gained possession from a 5m lineout drive with bulky prop Darren Stephens crashing over and Howell making the conversion 29-33.

In the closing moments of the game Tom Woodard the Ciren scrum half went through the smallest of gaps to dance around the North full back to score the game’s final try, and seal an impressive away win for the Whiteway men, in a ten try thriller 29-40.

Sat 9 March 1XV Away N Bristol | 2XV v Dursley Double Header

CIRENCESTER  v NORTH BRISTOL

VENUE: OAKLANDS GLOUCESTER ROAD, ALMONSBURY. BRISTOL. BS32 4AG
COMPETITION: GLOUCESTERSHIRE ONE
MEET TIME: 11.45am | KO: 2.30pm

1st TEAM SQUAD SELECTION
1. S. BEECH
2. N. NEWMAN
3. D. STEPHENS
4. L. NEWMAN
5. D. COOPER
6. W. McCARTHY
7. R. BROOKES
8. L. UZZELL
9. T. WOODWARD
10. O. NEWMAN (CAPT)
11. S. PRITCHARD-NASH
12. S. MACFARLANE
13. I. RAIONE
14. A. MOREING
15. M. HOWELL
16. A. BARKER
17. A. DEACON
18. T. PARKES

STAFF:
A. DEACON (DOR)
L. STRATFORD (FORWARDS COACH)
H. COCHRANE (BACKS COACH)
J. BARNES (PHYSIO)
D. SHRIMPTON (FILM)

CIRENCESTER 2XV v DURSLEY 2NDS
VENUE: WHITEWAY
COMPETITION: GLOUCESTER DISTRICT LEAGUE (2)
MEET TIME: 12.30pm | KO: 2.00pm

2XV SQUAD SELECTION
1. G. OWEN
2. N. OWEN (CAPT)
3. T. SKELTON
4. R. WILLIAMS
5. L. WILLIAMS
6. J. ARMORGIE
7. M. HEYWOOD
8. J. HARRISON
9. T. MILLS
10. M. HARMAN
11. T. WOODLEY
12. E. THOMPSON
13. H. WILLIAMS
14. S. JONES
15. L. MACKAY
16. JOE KEARY
17. JAKE KEARY
18. M. VAUGHAN
19. S. TURNER
20. W. DAVENPORT
21. T. THOMPSON


T. WENBAN (TEAM MANAGER)
N. OWEN (TEAM MANGER)


All players to adhere to the meet times. Please wear the correct gear pre/postgame. All 1st team players to travel on the team bus to and from game. North Bristol play on a plastic pitch. Footwear regulation is: USE studded footwear only; NO blades or flat soles. Footwear SHOULD be clean and in good condition.
Please note the second team game will KO at 2.00pm as the game is a double header league and S&D cup/plate semi-final.

Good luck to both teams.

Cirencester 1XV 20 − 24 Dursley 1XV

Cirencester 1XV 20 − 24 Dursley 1XV
#Gloucester1

Cirencester had only themselves to blame after a poor opening thirty minutes gave them too much to do against a well organised Dursley side.

Dursley started well and raced into a 16 point lead through two well taken tries and a converted penalty. Cirencester’s attitude changed on the half-hour mark with winger Sean Pritchard-Nash crossing the whitewash 5-16 at HT.

Starting the second half smartly a penalty kick from Mike Howell added a further three points with the boot following a Dursley infringement 8-16.

The away side then hit back with a penalty and an unconverted try of their own to stretch the lead to 16 points 8-24.

Ciren had lost Zeb Waite to a nasty elbow injury but they never gave up the fight and strong running from Man-of-the-Match Sean Beech and the rest of the forward pack led to captain Oli Newman scampering over for a converted score 15-24.

The home side now had the bit between their teeth, going close to scoring a number of times before eventually touching down out wide through veteran Alex Hammond. The extras were missed leaving Ciren needing a try to win the match, time was not on their side however and the final whistle sounded before they could get the winning score 20-24.

A frustrating afternoon for the Whiteway men who hope to bounce back away at North Bristol next week FT 20-24.

Cirencester sits in fourth place with just 8 points between 2nd and 4 off 3rd positions.
The push for promotion continues this weekend on the road at North Bristol.

Meanwhile on pitch 2 Cirencester 2XV posted an admirable 33-17 win against a strong, resilient Minchinhampton 2nds which pretty much secures Ciren's Gloucester DL 2 win of the season.

Thank you Waitrose Cirencester!

In January the good folk of Cirencester popped their green tokens in the Cirencester Rugby club box at Waitrose after shopping.

As part of their Community Matters programme, here is the £219 cheque presented to the club by our own Sharon Owen who is a Waitrose partner.

And smiles from the U8s and U9s who were training on Sunday morning.

Waitrose pic