Southmead 17 v 57 Cirencester | #Gloucester1
In a weekend that saw Cirencester score 130 points across its first and second team wins, Cirencester 1XV travelled to Bristol to play Southmead to put right the slip last weekend and deliver a much-needed improved performance – which they did!
The Gloucester 1 game started with great pace created by the Cirencester forwards producing quality ball for the exciting backs and forward runners to benefit from. The first try was scored by the returning Whiteway scrum half Sam Griffiths who finished off a flowing move to score, with Archie Doyle adding the conversation 0-7. Ciren continued to pile on the pressure with Oli Gibson handing off players and running through others to crash over for a fine individual try 0-12. The third try was scored by the Ciren speedster Alex Moreing who raced up the wing to score 0-19.
To their credit Southmead, who were on the ropes, fought back to score their own try through their forwards 5-19. With the first half ending it was Ciren`s other winger Isoa Raione who raced away to score a try ensuring Ciren had their try bonus point before halftime. 5 – 24.
The home side faced a mountain to climb to get back in the game, which was made even more unlikely when the power house centre Ben Ramsey crashed through the heart of the home side defence to score under the post, with Doyle converting, now 5-31. With the ball once again moved wide it was that man again Raione who finished off a great move with blinding pace to score out wide, 5-38.
Southmead again showing great spirt, to score their second try of the game, which was as the first through their bulldozing forwards; 12-38. With Southmead tiring Ciren were hungry for more tries, it was the Cotswold backrower Matt Berry who scored, 12-43. Closely followed by Raione completing a fine hat trick at 12-50.
The final Ciren score went to the impressive full back Josh Woodward who picked a pass off his toes to score a well taken try, Doyle again kicked the conversion. 12-57. Doyle the Ciren blind side who was the stand in kicker, made an impression with his robust play and accurate goal kicking. FT 12-57.
Said Andy Deacon, DoR: “This final score has kept us at the top of the congested Gloucester 1 table. To win rugby games the platform must be solid, and our scrum and lineout functioned efficiently throughout the game, with the Ciren front row of Sean Beech, Scott Cannon, and Darren Stephens playing their part in this resounding victory. Well done to the squad and man of the match ‘Ice’ Raione.”
Cirencester 2XV 73-12 Chosen Hill FP 2s
A much-changed 2XV ran out at the Whiteway buoyed by recent results and return of their skipper Gareth Owen to lead the team against a Chosen Hill FP side.
From the kick off the home side started brightly executing a game plan involving hard running and support enabling them to gain early scores and not let the visitors into the game. Much of the early hard work being done by the pack with both Sean Pritchard Nash and Jack Amorogie to the fore, assisted by Olli Wagstaff at the breakdown turning over possession which was used wisely by the Ciren half backs, Andy Halsey and Mikey Howell allowing the home side to run in tries at will leading to half time score of 40 points to no reply.
The second half continued in much the same vein with a short period of the visitors coming into their own and scoring two tries (whilst down to 14 men). Following a stern discussion under the posts the Whiteway men started to put together a period of domination resulting in a number of tries and at least one moment of class with the play being stretched from one side of the field to the other through a number of hands before Steve MacFarlane crashed over under the posts.
“A great result for the 2XV and a special mention to all the younger players who turned out on the day; also to man of the match Neil Owen.”