unbeaten start to the season was brought to an abrupt halt
on Saturday, as they were unable to break down the home
teams defence and Matson eventually ran out 15-3 winners.
Two unanswered tries in the second-half gave Matson the
points after a lacklustre Ross failed to keep their cool.
teams started off quietly but a few back-line moves from
the home team saw them in front of the posts and after Ross
were penalized for diving in, fly-half Aaron Fowke capitalized
and Matson were 3-0 ahead. As Ross went on the attack, the
back-line tried to get the visitors back in the game and
when Matson were penalized for being offside, Ross thought
they had their chance. But, Ross scrum-half James Hughes
pushed the ball to the left and Ross were still left trailing.
kept attacking and their work finally paid off when they
turned the Matson scrum in the Matson half. The ball went
through the hands of the Ross forwards before centre Bas
Parker took the ball to the floor and Matson were penalized
for going over the top. This time Hughes didn't miss and
levelled the score at 3 - 3 which remained at half-time.
came out fighting in the second-half, determined not to
lose in front of their home fans. A period of pressure on
the Ross defence saw the Matson forwards push for the line
and prop Leighton Correia carry the ball over to put the
home team back in the driving seat. Fowke couldn't convert
and a penalty 10 minutes later for playing the ball on the
floor before the ruck was formed was also missed by the
fly-half to keep the score at 8 - 3.
blazed and a fight broke out between the two teams, seeing
Ross captain Gavin Oates sent to the bin for backchat after
claiming he was having his eye gouged by a Matson player.
Both teams kept trying to find holes in the opposition defence
but it was Matson that managed to capitalize after the referee
missed a knock-on. Matson were on the attack and as Winger
Matt Callaghan passed the ball to fullback Vince Vanciano
he knocked on. But the mistake was missed by the ref and
Vanciano passed to number eight Dean Miller who went on
to score in the corner. This time, Fowke didn't miss and
gave the home team a 15-3 win and two points.
Ross-on-Wye Walford Timber Man of the Match was Tara Barnett.
Saturday, 10th October, Ross are at home to Old Colstonians
from Bristol. Kick off is at 3pm.