Cirencester RFC 32 Gordon League RFC 7

Cirencester RFC latest Gloucester One game took place at the Whiteway.

The pitch was sticky, and the wind was influential. The two-sides worked hard to master the conditions, but in truth the first half was littered with knock-ons which resulted in numerous scrums. With so much stop-start play the continuity of the game suffered without one side stamping their authority on the game. This was mirrored on the scoreboard with Ciren’s Mike Howell penalty being the only score of the half. The second half was the opposite of the first with the Cirencester pack taking control and playing with greater intensity which allowed the game to have more direction, with quicker ball from the contact area allowing the back line to operate to greater effect. Crucially the home side used the wind at their backs to greater effect, with scrum half Mike Howell box kicking intelligently and accurately putting pressure on the Gloucester sides back three. The first of the five second half tries were scored by the industrious Ryan Brookes using his power to cross the line, Howell kicking the conversion 10-0. With Ciren now in total control with tries coming at regular intervals through the half. Next up was that man again Howell with a neat dummy spotting a gap and touching down. He converted his own try, next to score was Ciren influential captain Oliver Gibson who scored the third try after a typical drive to the line. The last two tries were scored through centre Rhys Owen who managed to get on the back of a drive to plunder over, emerging back row forward Jack Harrison scored Cirencester last try of the day. Gordon League did have the last say scoring the last try of the game which little consolation. The upward curve continued for Ciren with 10 points gained in the last fortnight, sixty-three points scored, the Whiteway faithful will hope the trend continues into the latter stage of the season.