Cirencester bounced back from their first league defeat with a convincing with over Southmead on Saturday.

The Gloucester 1 game started with great pace created by the Cirencester forwards producing quality ball for the exciting backs and forward runners to benefit from.

The first try was scored by the returning Whiteway scrum half Sam Griffiths who finished off a flowing move to score, with Archie Doyle adding the conversation.

Ciren continued to pile on the pressure with Oli Gibson handing off players and running through others to crash over for a fine individual try. The third try was scored by the Cirencester speedster Alex Moreing who raced up the wing to make it 0-19.

To their credit Southmead fought back to score their own try through their forwards. With the first half ending it was Ciren`s other winger Isoa Raione who raced away to score a try ensuring Ciren had their try bonus point before half-time with the score at 5 – 24.

The home side faced a mountain to climb to get back in the game, which was made even more unlikely when the power house centre Ben Ramsey crashed through the heart of the home side defence to score under the post, with Doyle converting, now 5-31.

With the ball once again moved wide it was that man again Raione who finished off a great move with blinding pace to score out wide.

Southmead again showed great spirit, to score their second try, which was like the first through their bulldozing forwards for 12-38.

With Southmead tiring, Ciren were hungry for more tries, it was the Cotswold back-rower Matt Berry who scored which was closely followed by Raione completing a fine hat trick for 12-50.

The final Ciren score went to the impressive full-back Josh Woodward who picked a pass off his toes to score a well taken try, Doyle again kicked the conversion. 12-57.

Andy Deacon, Director of Rugby said: “This final score has kept us at the top of the congested Gloucester 1 table. To win rugby games the platform must be solid, and our scrum and lineout functioned efficiently throughout the game, with the Ciren front row of Sean Beech, Scott Cannon, and Darren Stephens playing their part in this resounding victory.

Cirencester are top of the league but level on points with Old Colstonians on 29 points.

Elsewhere, Cirencester’s second team won 73-12 against Chosen Hill FP seconds.