RUGBY: Cirencester can't take last-minute chance against North Bristol
11:51am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Sport
A LAST-MINUTE long-range penalty which slipped just wide of the upright condemned Cirencester to their seventh straight loss of the season.
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The early exchanges against North Bristol were fairly even with both sides having plenty of the ball.
From one of the Ciren attacks the North defence were caught offside and Tom Brown duly slotted over for a 3-0 lead.
North came back strongly and were awarded a penalty in front of the posts which was badly missed.
Cirencester were attacking with pace down the flanks but poor handling cost them try-scoring opportunities.
From one such mistake, North made ground into the Ciren 22 and were again awarded a penalty which this time they converted (3-3).
The rest of the half continued in a familiar pattern with both Cirencester and North Bristol contributing to their own frustration with poor game management and wayward passing.
Nearing the half-time break another poorly executed kick was charged down and rebounded over the Cirencester try line, with a North Bristol player the quickest to react, touching down for a try to give his side an 8-3 lead.
The second half started in much the same vein as the first with some poor passing and plenty of knock-ons.
Ten minutes in Cirencester managed to put together a good pattern of play and from their own 22, Rhys Owen broke a tackle and sped down the wing. He drew the last defender and popped it up for Matt Wood to score a try which was converted by Tom Brown.
With 20 minutes remaining, North Bristol were awarded a kickable penalty which they duly accepted to lead 11-10.
The heavens opened in the closing stages making the conditions even more treacherous – adding a further degree of difficulty to Ciren's late game-winning opportunity.
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