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RUGBY: ROSS NOT RESTING ON LAURELS IN PROMOTION ENDEAVOUR

After a 45 to 7 win of a North Midlands Cup match on Wednesday, Ross were in no mood to pull in the reins on Saturday in a critical promotion match in Bristol against Ashley Down. A win would have virtually secured promotion, yet Ross were not in the mood for safety first rugby, and after tackling Ashley Down and a one eyed Bristol ref, Ross coasted comfortably to a 43-27 victory in the Bristol sunshine.

From the off Ross were completely dominant. Whether it was in the tight or the loose, they were quicker in deed and thought and were quickly into a 10-0 lead after a Chay Brine penalty and an Ali Hunter-Blair try. Ashley Down tried their best to revert to a good old English mauling game but Ross moved the ball quickly and efficiently and by half time were a comfortable 24-3 ahead.

Early in the second half they increased the pace and intensity of the game. Within 15 minutes they had moved clear by 43 to 3 and a cricket score was looking likely. However, the Bristol referee decided that enough embarrassment had been extracted and decided to penalize Ross off the park for the last twenty minutes, during which time Ashley Down had closed the gap to 43-27. Regardless of this Ross were dominant in this encounter and even the referee's myopia couldn't change a great performance.

With one league game left Ross are 4 points ahead of third. With a 58 point difference advantage, promotion is virtually guaranteed and will be confirmed if Cheltenham lose to Tewkesbury next Saturday.

Ross will play a home game against Westbury on Tuesday. Kick off is at 6:15pm.

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