In­ter­cep­tions are the key as Cirences­ter open with scrappy win

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CIRENCES­TER started the 2019/20 cam­paign with a 20-6 win over Tewkes­bury, hav­ing en­joyed a suc­cess­ful pre-sea­son.

Tewkes­bury, who have in re­cent times en­joyed some suc­cess no­tably gain­ing pro­mo­tion to Glouces­ter One, started well, 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 six-point lead.

Cirences­ter, when in pos­ses­sion, looked dan­ger­ous but could never 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 with Ciren tight head prop Dar­ren Stephens the first to in­ter­cept and he raced un­chal­lenged be­tween the posts to score, Mike How­ells adding the con­ver­sa­tion.

As the game wore on both sides huffed and puffed to try and fine some flu­id­ity, which by and large nei­ther side achieved.

It was left to pow­er­ful cen­tre Ben Ramsey who once again latched onto to a poor Tewkes­bury pass to race away to score, mak­ing it 14-6 at half­time.

The game was des­per­ate for one side to grasp it by scruff of the neck, which in truth did not hap­pen,

Ciren’s de­fence was solid with man of the match 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 How­ells to kick two more penal­ties mak­ing the game safe.

Cirences­ter will be very happy to gain their first vic­tory of their league sea­son, but also re­alise they have with a bit of fine tun­ing to do be­fore the next week’s game at home against Durs­ley.

Else­where, Stow were 30-17 win­ners at Did­cot in South­ern Coun­ties North, and Chel­tenham won 35-27 over Spar­tans in Western Coun­ties North.

Chel­tenham North won 34-0 against White­hall in Glouces­ter­shire Pre­mier.

Ben Crocker opened the scor­ing with a try con­verted by Sila Ulu­gia and af­ter they scored again to make it 12-0, Ulu­gia scored and con­verted his own try.

Kaminieli Nakove was next to go over as North led 24-0 at half-time and in the sec­ond half Sam Allen com­pleted the scor­ing with a try dou­ble.

Chel­tenham Sara­cens edged out St Mary’s Old Boys 27-25 and Cho­sen Hill thumped Ross-on-wye 72-15.

Smiths drew 20-20 in Glouces­ter­shire One with new­lypro­moted Fair­ford.

In Di­vi­sion Two North, Bre­don Star started with a 33-0 win over West­bury-on-sev­ern and Pain­swick lost 40-5 to Brock­worth.

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