Luke Fisher dislocates knee in Ciren's victory over Matson
8:00am Tuesday 5th February 2013 in Sport
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Cirencester 20 Matson 18.
AFTER an unscheduled two-week break due to snow, Cirencester came out victorious in this ill-disciplined local derby which produced eight cards. Originally a break weekend, Ciren were missing nine first-team regulars due to injury or pre-planned commitments and had to call on the services of Whiteway favourite Matt Wood to fill a hole in the second row. Both teams started well with Ciren looking to boss the physical exchanges through strong tackling by Brereton and Luke Fisher. True to form, Matson found their captain in the sin bin early on and he was quickly joined by his second-row colleague who received a straight red for reckless use of the boot.
To the dismay of coach Hammett, Ciren then managed to concede two tries out wide, one of which was converted. The first half drama wasn’t over, though, Fisher having to be carried from the pitch after dislocating his knee. The second half was all Ciren and they scored three well-worked tries and a penalty to edge within a point of the Gloucester team who could muster only two penalties.
The first resulted from a moment of inspiration from James Fisher, who collected his own chip ahead to touch down. This was followed by strong running from the forwards – bossed magnificently by Darren Moore at fly half – which created a gap for Rhys Owen to plough through and score.
Then Alex Buchelek rolled back the years to finish a magnificent team try. With the game still in the balance, Matson imploded receiving a further red card and three yellows for abusing the officials and fighting.
From one of the offences, veteran Gareth Parry had the opportunity to kick at goal and easily converted to wrap up a win for the home side. MoM: Gareth Parry.
All at Cirencester RFC wish Luke Fisher a speedy recovery.