Cirencester's hopes of finishing second are over after they were beaten by Old Cryptians.

The opening minutes saw the home side asks question of the Ciren defence.

The first try went the way of the home side with a powerful run to the line. Ciren had to score to gain a foot hold in the game, and this came from the boot of full back Mike Howell who kicked a well struck penalty.

From a quick tap penalty Cryptians did race away to score their second try, which was again converted 14-3.

At this stage Ciren had to stay in the game, but retaining the ball was a difficulty for the Cotswold club, and with any scrap ball the Tuffley side's speedy backs capitalised resulting in the best try of the game scored in the corner, making the half time score 19-3.

To have any chance to secure the victory, Ciren had to score first in the second half and they did just that through a penalty try after the home side were penalised at scrum time.

Cryptians had two players in the sin bin, after a deliberate knock on and a late tackle.

Ciren now playing like a side who could sense a comeback was on, which it was after a great pass from Ciren skipper Oliver Newman who found the impressive centre Matt Berry to score, which was converted by Howell to make it 19-17 with fifteen minutes to play.

From a Cryptians line-out drive, Ciren defence straying off side, and from the resulting penalty the Cryptains once again crashed over to score their fourth try, and secure the win.