Old Bristolians take advantage of tiring Cirencester
9:23pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Sport
Tribute Western Counties North.
Old Bristolians 34.
CIRENCESTER travelled to Bristol with a scratch side due to injuries and unavailability and simply tired in the closing stages after holding a comfortable half-time lead.
Ciren started the match with vigour and were camped on the Old Bristolian try line for the first five minutes only for the home side to spoil a ruck and break away for the first try of the match.
That score only seemed to urge Cirencester on and, with much of the play in the opposition half, they scored their first try after 22 minutes through James Fisher; Gareth Parry converted to make the score 7-5.
Both sides were competing hard in the rucks and mauls but the OB No.8 was penalised for not rolling away and Fisher knocked over the penalty form near the halfway line to edge the visitors 10-5 in front.
The rest of the half saw some good defensive work from ‘Popeye’, Will Mac and Dave Evans keeping the Bristolians at bay.
With the half coming to an end, a charging run by Chris Thorn nearly saw him score under the posts, but it did suck in the OB defence to allow Fisher to score his second try of the afternoon in the corner, leaving the visitors 15-5 ahead at the break.
Early in the second half, an infringement in the OB 22 saw their prop sent to the sin bin. Cirencester nearly capitalised on their advantage with Matt Harman’s attempt to score being given in touch just before he grounded the ball.
The OBs gradually started to use their larger pack to move the ball forward and, with Ciren giving away a few penalties they scored a converted try from a catch and drive.
Another needless penalty given away in front of the posts by Ciren meant OB had evened up the scores on the hour mark.
In the last 20 minutes, the Old Bristolians used their forwards to great effect and, with Cirencester tiring, they scored their third try from a pushover scrum and another brace from catch and drives.
With the game coming to an end, veteran prop Tim Thompson made a try-saving tackle but was injured in the process as the game came to a close.