Cirencester RFC 20 – 6 Tewkesbury RFC

Cirencester RFC started the 2019/20 campaign having enjoyed a successful pre-season.

The visitors to the Whiteway were Tewkesbury who have in recent times enjoyed some success notable gaining promotion to Gloucester One. With a healthy crowd enjoying the September sunshine, and the pitch in terrific condition, the scene was set for an entertaining game. The game started with the men in black and amber enjoying a lot of possession and making the home side work hard in defence. Tewkesbury were rewarded for their pressure with two penalties, taking a 6-point lead. Ciren when in possession looked dangerous but could never really keep the ball long enough to hurt the away side. Ciren did though defend well throughout the game with a hard-pressing defensive line. This method resulted in two interception tries, surprisingly and to the enjoyment of the crowd burly tight head prop Darren Stephens was the first to the intercept pass and race unchallenged under the posts to score, with Mike Howells adding the conversation 7-6. As the game wore on both sides huffed and puffed to try and fine some fluidity in the game, which in the large neither side achieved. It was left to Cirencester powerful centre Ben Ramsey who once again latched onto to a poor Tewkesbury pass to race away to score 14-6 at half-time. The game was desperate for one side to grasp it by scruff of the neck, Ciren defence was on top with MOM Ryan Brookes playing havoc at the breakdowns, turning the ball over several times, at crucial moments. As the game moved into the latter stages Tewkesbury started to wilt which was understandable in the heat and all the effort, they had put into the game. This allowed Mike Howells to kick two more penalties making the game safe for the home side 20-6 full- time. Cirencester will be very happy to gain their first victory of their leagues season, but also realised with a bit of fine tuning to do before the next week’s game at home against Dursley - their continuing nemesis.