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.