kicked off the new season in style at the weekend with an
away win against Gloucester Old Boys in their first game
since promotion to the Gloucester Premier league. After
a bruising forward dominated encounter,Ross ran in four
tries to register a comfortable victory and get their new
league campaign off to a perfect start.
was important Ross got off to a positive start and within
five minutes they were on the scoreboard. From quality scrum
ball, no. 9 James Hughes broke right. From the ensuing ruck,
fly half Gareth Holdsworth chipped the ball through for
Winger Simon Gwynne to chase. He outpaced his opposite number
to score wide out on the right, but a missed conversion
from Gareth and a drop goal from Old Boys fly-half Gareth
Fenwick got the home team back in the game to put the score
teams relied on their forwards to do the work up front.
The Ross scrum was dominant, however, putting Gloucester
Old Boys under a huge amount of pressure ,and it was from
a scrum that Ross delivered their second score. From a Gloucester
put-in, the Ross eight drove them off the ball. Mike Davies,
the Ross no. 8 picked up from the base and fed James Hughes.
He popped a well timed pass to centre Bas Parker who cut
through the Gloucester midfield defence, before outpacing
the cover defence to score. After Holdsworth's earlier failed
attempt, Ross gave the kicking duties to scrum-half James
Hughes who put the ball over and scored a later penalty
to put the score at 15-3 as the teams went in at half-time.
teams looked tentative early in the second half, with a
number of errors from both sides. However, Ross were the
first to regain their composure and it was no. 8 Mike Davies
who added the third try. Once again the Ross pack delivered
quality scum ball. Mike Davies picked from the base and
crashed through two tacklers to score. Hughes stepped back
to take the kick from about 35 yards out and coolly slotted
the ball over to put Ross 22-3 up. However, the Old Boys
were not going to lie down and after a period of play in
the Ross half, their hard work paid off, with a fantastic
sprint for the line from Winger Ollie Hutchinson, who touched
down to get the Old Boys back in the game. A conversion
from Fenwick and some passion from the fans saw the team
with some renewed hope. These hopes were soon dashed however,
when a period of pressure close to the Old Boys line saw
Hughes make a break into space to score. Ross celebrated
as he converted his own try to leave the final score at
29-10 and give the away team their first win in the Gloucester
Walford Timber Man of the Match was James Hughes for his
all round probing game, capped off with a solo try. Ross
want to pass on their congratulations to Ali Hunter-Blair,
ex Ross Winger, who scored on his debut for Stourbridge
in National League 1 last weekend. Ross RFC wish him all
the best for the coming season.
have a friendly against Greyhound next Saturday in Hereford,
returning to League Action on Saturday, 26th September at
home to Hucclecote.
Old Boys team were: Adrian Harvey, Ollie Hutchinson, Darren
Minns, Shaun Rayer, Patrick Holmes, Gareth Fenwick, Ben
Thompson, Ollie Rider, Lee Bell, Alex Davis, Steven Bosworth,
Rich Bosworth, Paddy McGurk, Greg Padfield and Cass Hannaford
with Subs: Matt Phillips, Mike Long and Tom Rayer.
The Ross team comprised Chay Brine, Simon Gwynne, Luke Gray,
Basil Parker, Huw Bellamy, Gareth Holdsworth, James Hughes,
Tara Barnett, Chris Price, Wayne Williams, Ashley Nelmes,
Matt Jones, Tim Hanks, Ali Rees and Mike Davies with Subs
used: Dave Mince, Nick Rawlins and Craig Creed.