RUGBY: Cirencester rue missed kicking opportunities
12:59pm Monday 7th October 2013 in Sport
Tribute Western Counties North
STOUT defensive work by Matson held Cirencester at bay in this hard-fought encounter.
Ciren started the match strongly in the opening ten minutes when two good defences limited any try-scoring chances.
Matson then started to use their back line to make inroads into the Cirencester 22 and only some poor handling stopped them from breaking the deadlock.
With 20 minutes gone, a flowing move from Ciren was stopped by a high tackle and the resulting penalty allowed Gareth Parry to kick a three-point lead.
From the restart, the Cirencester pack made good ground and the ball was fed out to the backs only for a knock-on to end the move with the line begging.
Matson came back strongly and on 29 minutes they kicked a penalty to even the scores.
Ciren should have taken the lead after another infringement at the breakdown, but the penalty attempt sailed wide.
With the half coming to an end, a flowing move from the Matson back line ended with the first try of the match to make the score 8-3 at the break.
The second half continued in the same vein with sometimes over-vigorous defence from both sides. The game became scrappy with the referee eventually losing patience and yellow-carding one of the Matson front row.
From these infringements, Cirencester should have taken the lead but the resulting penalties were all wasted.
Matson began to kick for territory and from a line-out in the corner a driving maul crashed over the whitewash to dot the ball down for their their second try (13-3) in the 62nd minute.
Cirencester were still making some good breaks and should have reduced the lead but stout defensive work kept them at bay on several occasions.
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