Ciren Hosts S&D Junior Cup Final: Fairford v Stroud Nomads

Get your rugby fix this Saturday at the Whiteway as Ciren hosts the Stroud & District Combination Junior Cup Final.

The kick off is at 3pm and the final is between Fairford and Stroud Nomads. Good luck to both teams.

As always the clubhouse bar is open pre- and post-game.

On Sunday we also host the 42nd annual Youth 7s festival.

Do come along and support both events this Bank Holiday Weekend.

Ciren Hosts S&D Junior Cup Final: Fairford v Stroud Nomads

Get you local rugby fix this Saturday as we are hosts to the Stroud & District Combination Junior Cup Final, on pitch 3.

The kick off is at 3pm and is between Fairford and Stroud Nomads. Good luck to both teams.

Of course our friendly clubhouse bar is open pre- and post-game.

And don't forget the Youth 7s festival on Bank Holiday Sunday. 

Please come and support both events and enjoy your rugby across rhe holiday weekend.

Cirencester Rugby Hosts 42nd Youth 7s Festival

Cirencester Rugby Hosts Country’s Longest Running
7s Youth Tournament 2019

-- Guest appearance: Henry Trinder ---

Sunday 5th May, The Whiteway, Cirencester

This Sunday over 400 boys and girls, aged 11 to U18 Colts, are taking part in the 42nd annual 7s tournament at Cirencester Rugby.

The hugely anticipated event has attracted teams from across the county and beyond, including Bath, Bishopstone, Bromyard, Cirencester, Cheltenham Saracens, Chippenham, Chosen Hill, Dings Crusaders, Dursley, Fairford, Grove, Ledbury, Stow and Supermarine.

The tournament is believed to be the longest running, competition of its kind in the country! A traditional event in the Cirencester Rugby calendar and organised by Mike Timbrell, club Treasurer.

A guest appearance sees Gloucester Rugby and ex-Cirencester youth player, Henry Trinder present a selection of awards and trophies around noon / 12.30 to the morning winners.

Commenting on the Youth 7s Mike said: “We are thrilled with the uptake and registration this year where we are putting on a day of 7s rugby for around 8 age groups. Thanks also to the M&J volunteers who are helping to run the day, their support is essential for us to put on such an event of this size, providing refreshments for all visitors. The festival celebrates the end of the season and delivers a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere.”

Staging such competitions is not possible without the support of local businesses and Cirencester thanks to Soldi Building Investments, Alexcars, Property Pathfinder, Seagar Welding and Tanners Solicitors for their generous support.

Last year the main and oldest tournament trophy, the U18/Colts Hugh Evans Memorial Shield, was won by Bath U18s, with Cirencester runners-up. The Bevan Bridges player’s cup was won by Cirencester’s Tom Woodward.

The first matches start at 9.00am with the closing awards and presentations around 4.30pm. The clubhouse and bar is open all day for refreshments and a BBQ is serving food and all are welcome to enjoy the Bank Holiday festivities at the Whiteway.

S&D Combination Cup Final Ciren 22-42 Dursley

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.

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 !