Cirencester 22-42 Dursley
Cirencester entered their last game of the season in good heart after beating Old Elizabethans in the previous week by 50 points. This week was the final of the Stroud and District Combination Cup, being played at Painswick. With a beautiful sunny day, the conditions were perfect for some entertaining running rugby.
From the start it was clear Dursley were going to use their powerful forwards to gain field position, gaining turn overs and penalties from scrums to heap pressure on the Whiteway side. The game started at break neck speed with both sides spilling ball at crucial times. It was Dursley who went into a commanding eleven nil lead, putting them in the driving seat and at this point in control. Ciren did hit back playing high tempo rugby with some great off loading, and back row forward Ryan Brookes to the fore.
Two well taken tries one from Ciren winger Tom Grainger-Williams after a spectacular pass from fly half Iwan Thomas putting the flying winger away to score, with the out wide conversion added by Thomas and suddenly the Cotswold club found themselves in front. This is how it stayed until half time.
With Ciren now going down the slope hopes were high that they could gain further momentum at the start of the second half. This would not be the case as Dursley scored first, with a slick back line movement, this was quickly followed by their second of this half; Ciren had to stop the scoring spree which they did with a Thomas penalty, but once again Dursley immediately hit back with their fifth try of the game.
Ciren did not stop attacking, which was rewarded by their third try, scored by full back Isoa Raione. Dursley’s forwards were in no mood to let the victory slip and with two lineout drives to score the victory; the Cup was deservedly theirs for a fifth season in a row. Ciren will rue the fact they spilled the ball to many times when in an encouraging position, coupled this with a scrum that was under pressure all day long nullified their attacking options.