RUGBY: Ciren fail to hold Keynsham after making first breakthrough
6:40pm Monday 30th September 2013 in Sport
CIRENCESTER were unable to capitalise on a good start and an early lead at Keynsham.
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Both sides went close to scoring only for some determined defending to maintain the deadlock.
Halfway through the first half, Ciren made the breakthrough when a quick pass out to the backs allowed James Fisher to score; he also made the conversion for a 7-0 lead.
From the restart, Keynsham turned the ball over and were camped in the Cirencester half.
On 24 minutes, the referee lost patience and yellow-carded Ciren skipper Alex Hammond.
The 14 men continued to hold Keynsham at bay until the 30th minute when the home stand off slotted a penalty from long range.
Cirencester's chance of going in with a lead at the break was lost when a rolling maul produced an unconverted try for the hosts.
In the second half, Cirencester started slowly and only some good cover tackles from Luke Lester-Powell stopped the home side from extending their lead.
Keynsham started to apply extra pressure on the Ciren scrums and from one of these on the five-metre line they shipped the ball out to the backs and the centre crossed the line to make the score 15-7 after the successful conversion.
With 11 minutes of the second half gone, Keynsham crossed the Cirencester line again from a catch and drive to make the score 20-7.
Cirencester piled on the pressure from the restart and were camped inside the Keynsham 22 for the next ten minutes. During that period their replacement flanker, who had only been on for one minute, was yellow-carded.
But the Ciren pressure finally told with Joe Hammond going over to score a try close to the corner flag.
Keynsham then opted for the tactic of kicking for the corners to relieve the pressure but they were able to score a bonus-point try to make the final score 25-12.
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