YOUTH RUGBY: Impressive Cirencester U16s earn County Cup place

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Youth rugby Youth rugby

CIRENCESTER are through to the knock-out phase of the County Cup after this victory in the Forest of Dean.

County Cup.

Bream U16s 10.

Cirencester U16s 20.

Ciren dominated territory in the early stages and eventually made one of many opportunities count as Ed Cattermole scored out wide.

A botched restart gave Cirencester a scrum on halfway from which Sam Johnson broke and, throwing repeated dummy passes, ran half the length of the pitch to score his side's second try.

The hosts rallied and from a line-out in the corner there was a score out wide, which was impressively converted.

Cirencester completely dominated territory and possession at the start of the second half as they pinned their hosts in the 22 for an age. But despite an avalanche of opportunities the overlap scoring pass was often spurned.

Bream countered after another Cirencester lost ball in contact and should have led to a try, which was only prevented by some desperate cover defending. However, a penalty was given away and Bream levelled the score.

Jolted and knowing a draw meant elimination from the rest of the competition, Cirencester quickly regained the impetus. After winning a turnover, quick recycled ball made its way to Cattermole who cantered over unopposed.

The visitors finished much the stronger, some robust forward play wearing down their opponents which was coupled with some fluent handling and positive running from deep.

It was from such a move that a Tom Elsey try secured a deserved win.

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