Report, 14th January 2006. Upton upon Severn 20 Ross-on-Wye
a hard fought victory against Sully last week, it looked
as if Ross were carrying their 2005 unbeaten form into 2006.
However they came up against a high flying Upton side, who
were unbeaten at home this season and after a hard fought
encounter came up short losing 20-5.
the off Upton utilized their big pack, setting up driving
mauls at every opportunity, depriving Ross of the ball and
controlling the tempo of the game. From one such maul, Ross
infringed and Upton converted the penalty taking a 3-0 lead.
With the referee liking the sound of his whistle, Ross were
not able to get any continuity and develop their fast rucking
game. However Mike Davies, Matthew Redman and Tony Clements
ran hard at Upton but Upton's defence remained solid and
as the first half progressed Upton's big pack began to dominate.
the pace of the game did increase, Craig Creed, Gavin Oates
and Flos Morgan were able to get amongst the Upton pack
and turnover ball. Unfortunately with the referee continuing
to blow up for every minor infringement, the slow pace played
into Upton's hands, allowing them to get their mauling game
going. Upton were able to score two tries late on in the
first half, making the half time score 15-0 to Upton.
were able to increase the tempo of the game in the second
half. Helped by some destructive scrimmaging from Simon,
Matthew and Kevan in the Ross front row, the Ross pack began
to make inroads into the Upton defence with TC Leach, Dave
Mince and Matt Taylor prominent. With the pack on the front
foot, Sam Harness and Simon Gwynne the half backs were able
to move the ball wide. However, even with some strong and
elusive running from Alistair Rees, Dan Weston and Adam
Clements, Ross were unable to breach the Upton defence.
less than 20 minutes of the match remaining Ross laid siege
on the Upton line and after some hard running from Dave
Mince and Craig Creed, TC Leach finally crashed over making
the score 15-5 and giving Ross a glimmer of hope. Bouyed
by their score Ross looked for another score and with Chris
Gage, Huw Bellamy and Wayne Bishop all making good ground
it looked as if a comeback was on the cards. After a lose
clearing kick however, the pacy Upton fullback collected
the ball cutting through the Ross defence to score, giving
Upton a winning lead of 20-5 and the breathing space they
Saturday, 21st January, Ross entertain Dowty at Ross Sports
Ground with a 2.30 pm kick off. Please come down and lend
RFC 2nd XV
Rugby Club 2nds entertained Upton on Severn 2nds at the
Sports Centre, earning a 36 point to nil victory. With a
mixture of young and experienced players this was certainly
a deserved victory.
tries came from Chris Godwin, Richard James, Owen James,
Gareth Holdsworth, Chay Brine and captain Nick Rawlings
and three conversions from the reliable Owen James.
a range of top performances from certain individuals, the
man of the match award was shared between Stuart Tucker,
Gareth Holdsworth and Neil Ward.
week Ross 2ndís entertain Dowty Aerospace at the Sports
Centre with a kick off at 2.30 pm.