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Your News Minchinhampton 20 - Cirencester 2XV 24

All was to play for on Saturday in the hard fought Combination Plate Semi-Final. Minch were keen to show that they were going to be no push over as Nick Dill kicked a brace of penalties to put Minch onto a 6-0 lead and from that Minch began to grow in stature. Not even a Cirencester try could dampen their self belief, and with fierce tackling there was little Cirencester could do as Minch harried relentlessly, stopping the attacks in their tracks.

Minch came out of the blocks at half time with all guns blazing, and after a well worked move young ramlet Ollie Payne found a gap and dived over to score. Momentum was building and with full back Nick Dill giving a master class at full back, hoovering up Cirencesters clearance kicks there was little respite for the visitors. The Minch attacks continued with increasing ferocity and it wasnt long before Chris Brain found the tiniest of gaps and with a deft chip through he pounced on the ball to score and Minch led 20-5. Whatever was said to the Ciren players under the posts it worked. Capitalising on a missed ball from the restart, Ciren seared through the Minch lines, lighting struck twice a couple of minutes later as Ciren scored from long range and all of a sudden Minchs lead had all but evaporated. With time running out Minch were still in the lead but were desperately looking for the killer blow and in Rich Humberstone it looked like they had found it as he dived over in the corner, but the referee judged him to have edged into touch when grounding. Ciren fought back and they too crossed over in a swarm of defenders, but the ref deemed the ball grounded and with that the knock out blow was dealt, Minch tried every thing they had but there was no time left, and Ciren progress to the Final. Minch, disconsolate after such a heartbreaking loss, will have to pick themselves up defending the annual Ian Weager Cup against Cainscross on Wednesday night, kick off at 1830 at Painswick RFC.

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