CIRENCESTER ended their losing streak with a 31-17 victory at St Brendan’s Old Boys.

From the get-go it was the home side who caught Andy Deacon’s side cold, racing into a 12-0 lead, which was somewhat against the run of play, firstly pouncing on a charge down to race away to score, their second try came from a retreating scrum, but with some neat handling in midfield they crossed in the corner.

This did not deter the Cotswold men, who hit back with their first try through their hard-working number eight Andrew Field who burst over to score, with full-back Mike Howell adding the conversion As the half wore on the Ciren eight were beginning to dominate the scrum with the returning Sean Beech making an impact, he was back up with his front row colleagues Garth Owen and Chris House who both had imposing games.

Ciren scored their second try through powerful second-row Sam Cater, who was on the end of the final pass out wide to surge over, levelling the scores as the whistle blew for half-time.

Ciren started the second-half in bullish mood bossing the scrums, drives, and contact area, this enabled them to dominate the territory. It was not long until Ciren winger Hugh Williams finished of a flowing move involving forwards and backline, taking Ciren into the lead for the first time in the game. Ciren were now pushing their opponents around the park and after one dominant scrum close to Brendan’s line Andrew Field picked up and again crashed over for his brace. The Ciren half-backs of George Chapman and Will Lowe both had encouraging debuts with accurate service from Chapman, which gave Lowe time and space.

The final Ciren score of the game through backrow forward Tom Dykes who again crossed from close quarters, with the points being kicked by Mike Howell, who had and assured game a full back. The home side did score their third try, making the final score 19-31. This win will be a big shot in the arm for the Whiteway side, and something they will be looking too build on.