Brockworth 5 v 40 Cirencester
A bright sunny day welcomed the league leaders Cirencester side. With a dry pitch and conditions, the away side were in a confident mood to keep their unbeaten record intact and continue their recent scoring record. The Cotswold men started with great intent seeing man of the match Alex Hammond break through the home side defensive line, with the line broken and quick ball for scrum half Sam Griffiths who fed the back line allowing the imposing Ciren centre Joe Hammond to burst through and score. Joe Hammond adding the conversion 0-7. From the kick, off the Cotswold men ensured they played with superior territory, and with a dominant scrum they were putting their host under extreme pressure. Ciren could not field the kick allowing the Badgers for the first time in the game to attack, and they did just that, with a chip over the top, which Ciren could not deal with and Brockworth took full advantage to touch down 5-7.
After several re-set scrums the referee lost patience and awarded Cirencester a penalty try 5-14. Ciren enjoyed a huge amount of possession but were often sloppy with retention of the ball and squandered several scoring opportunities, which frustrated both players and the large travelling support. HT 5-14.
The second half could not have started better for the away side, with a text book try spreading the ball from one side of the pitch to the other allowing Ciren powerful winger Tom Dykes to speed over for a wonderful team try and Hammond to convert 5-21. This would start the purple patch for Ciren who settled the result in this period, with the elusive Ciren winger Isoa Raione to once more score the next try 5-26.
It was the turn of the forwards next to score with open side flanker Matt Berry bursting through after receiving the ball from a well worked lineout. Berry had a bit to do, showing great pace he opened his legs to make a 60m run to score the solo try of the game 5-33.
With the game won the game then entered a quiet phase with inaccuracies once again creeping into the Ciren game. It was left to that man again Joe Hammond who started the scoring to kick pass to the dependable Tom Dykes to gather the ball out wide wrapping up the try scoring in the game 5-40.
Ciren know they have room for improvement after this performance, which they will do from the top of the table. One area of the team the functioned extremely well was the Ciren back-row of Archie Doyle, Alex Hammond, and Matt Berry all having very impressive performances.
Cirencester 2XV 29 – 0 Cheltenham Saracens 2s
The Gloucester District League 2 game saw Cirencester 2XV beat a good Cheltenham Saracens @s side with a polished performance, and not allowing their opponents to score a single point would have been very pleasing for the home side, with man of the match Oli Gibson making his mark after a summer move from Eastbourne to Cirencester. The 29-0 score line will give the improving second team much confidence moving forward.