Cirencester Rugby 2nds were in action at the weekend as they faced Drybrook 3rds.

It was a hotly contested match as Ciren made the trip to their opponents, confident following their recent wins against other opponents in the league.

Drybrook had been in good form themselves and were going to provide a stern test for Cirencester in the match.

The game started with the home side dominating field position, with Cirencester unable to hold passes.

Early on they struggled to get a foot-hold in the match, with numerous scrums and intervention from the referee stopping the flow of the game.

Cirencester were being tested in defence but were solid in repelling the Drybrook's attack.

There were then two moments of controversy as Drybrook scored their first try.

The ball held up clearly over the line, however it was not given and then a front line-out was also disallowed.

Drybrook did score two tries before half time to take their score to 12 however the visitors hung in there after scoring a try of their own to make it 12-5 at the break.

In the second half it looked like Ciren were the team pressing forward to win the match.

The more mobile backs were starting to have more of an impact whilst their set plays were also driving play forward.

Some strong defence and brilliant kicking saw them gain valuable territory and possession in the home sides half.

Cirencester were then rewarded after great work from a couple of their players.

Skipper Gareth Owen collected the ball and drove through the defensive line, he tipped it on to Max Hayward who crashed down as the visitors levelled the scores.

That started an extended period of good play from Cirencester who then went ahead shortly afterwards.

The score was 26-12 but a late Drybrook comeback threatened to spoil the party but it wasn't to be as Cirencester won 24-26.