Ross RFC 2nd XV travelled to Merit table leaders Bromsgrove
on Saturday and returned with an outstanding 22 - 19 victory.
the kick off, Ross quickly started attacking Bromsgrove.
With Craig Creed turning over Bromsgrove ball it was quickly
recycled to Powell. Swift hands saw the outside half find
fullback, Chris Gage, who straightened his run to cross
the gain line and add 30 metres, before being halted by
some fine defence by Bromsgrove.
now had the upper hand and kept on attacking at every opportunity.
Against the run of play, Bromsgrove mounted an attack from
their own 22. After some fine passing and some poor defending,
a try was scored under the posts and with the conversion
added, Ross found themselves 7 0 down. Not downhearted by
this, Ross continued to adopt the attacking game. After
a fine break, Gage kicked up field. The ball was closed
down by Creed, who in turn shipped a fine offload to Rawlings
to finish off a fine try with a 15 metre sprint to the line.
With half time approaching, both sides cancelled out each
other to leave the score 7 to 5 in Bromsgrove's favour at
started off the second half in the worst possible way, conceding
a converted try within 10 minutes, but once again, Ross
bounced back. Fine work by the back row of Creed, Hayward
and Christopher secured the ball for Powell. A swift pass
found outside half, Andy Bevan and with a mixture of pace
and power, scored a fine try which was converted by Gage
to bring Ross back into the game at 14 points to 12. By
now Bromsgrove's larger pack started to dictate the play
around the rucks and mauls, using the tight head prop to
batter the Ross defence.
10 minutes of intense pressure, Ross finally bowed to the
onslaught . Once again, it was Bromsgrove's tight head who
at last breached the Ross line to score under the posts.
Feeling a little bit too sure of himself, the kicker missed
the conversion to still give Ross a sniff of a result. Now,
with only 10 minutes to go, Ross gave it a last effort.
Good driving up field by the forwards caused Bromsgrove
to infringe at the ruck. A penalty was awarded and Gage
stepped up to convert the 40 metre kick at the posts. Ross,
now only 4 points adrift had the scent of an upset.
kicked off deep into the Ross half. The ball was fielded
by Powell, who with speed and skill out smarted four Bromsgrove
defenders. When he was eventually tackled, the ball was
made available for the tireless Chris Gage, who beat the
final defender before falling across the try line to give
Ross the lead for the first time in the match. With the
conversion added by Gage and the game in the last minute,
Bromsgrove kicked long into the Ross half again. This time,
the ball was caught by Gage, who knew time was up and launched
a 60 metre kick up field and the little bit of luck that
Ross had earned saw a nice bounce find touch in the Bromsgrove
22 to end a thrilling game.
week's man of the match could have been any one of the 15,
but with a solid game in defence as well as attack, plus
a total of 1 try, 2 conversions and 1 penalty, the Walford
Timber man of the match was fullback, Chris Gage.
Saturday, Ross 2nd XV are at home versus Malvern in the
Merit table. Kick off is at 2:20pm.