RUGBY: Cirencester finish off 14-man Midsomer Norton
Updated 11:59am Tuesday 15th April 2014 in Sport
CIRENCESTER gained a rare bonus point-win in their penultimate league game of the season against Midsomer Norton.
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They started on the front foot and within two minutes James Fisher found space to nip through, with Gareth Parry converting for a 7-0 lead.
Midsomer Norton were hurt by this score and they came at Cirencester strongly from the restart, with only some stout defending by Matt Lamont and Dave Evans thwarting several attacks.
The Ciren forwards, though being dominated at the scrums, were winning the loose ball area and from another well-worked move Fisher again found space out wide to score his second try.
With the referee very hot at the breakdown area the penalty count for both sides started to mount and on 17 minutes he lost patience and yellow-carded Matt Carter.
Midsomer camped in the Cirencester half but again the defence held strong to keep them out until Carter returned.
Good interplay from flankers James Renowden and Lloyd Allen helped set up Ben Rayalo for an early converted second-half try (19-0).
With their place in the league at stake, Midsomer came back at Cirencester and a converted penalty try made the score 19-7.
Cirencester keen to get the fourth try were using the pace of replacement back row Rhys Owen and centre Matt Lamont to continually break the line but some forced passes and bad execution meant that the chances went begging.
Again in this half the referee was consistent with his approach at the breakdown and this time it was a Midsomer player who got the yellow card.
From this Parry took a quick tap and go and the the ball found its way to Fisher who completed his hat-trick.
With the 14 players of Midsomer Norton tiring, Sam Griffiths found himself with space to score the final try out wide.
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