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