Every groundsmans nightmare, a pitch that was just playable on inspection at 9am then just as the players take the field the heavens open. The game was subsequently played on what rapidly turned into a gluepot although both teams attempted to play an open game rather than turning it into a forward slog.
Smart handling put winger Lee Wedlake in for a try on the hosts first visit to the opposition 22 with centre Joe Cowell converting. Chew Valley conceeded a host of penalties as they struggled to come to terms with the referees interpretation at the breakdown but Cirencester could not take advantage apart from a penalty from scrum half Ollie Whiting. No 8 Matt Berry was the visitors most effective player in the first half, particulalry from the base of the scrum.
When the home pack began to take control scores came regulalry, flanker Luke Sparkes Brown was in the right place as quick hands generated space and prop Matt Hasell was delighted to score his first try at this level when a driving maul from 15 metres out proved unstopable without any traction underfoot for defenders. Cowell converted one. Whiting added a penalty on the whistle but that was the extent of the visitors scoring although they threatened they could not breach determined defence.
Second half scores came regulalry after 60 minutes as the visitors tired. Second row Richard Light secured several turnovers in an all action display.
Sparkes Brown grabbed his second and the bonus point and he sulied the scoring pass to put fullback Tom Bryan in space for another.
Centre Charles picked a good line as the ball was spun from the base of a five metre scrum to cross under the posts and despite introducing former Gloucester player Andy Deacon (51) in the front row, Cirencester revealed they had more than one reverse gear in the tight.
Cowell benefitted from one such scrum for his try and he converted three during the half. With results elsewhere this bonus point win takes Chew Valley back to third n the league.
Chew Valley 45 Cirencester 6