For those who remember rugby as a game always played in
wet, windy and muddy conditions, then last Saturday was
the game for you. In very difficult conditions Ross failed
to deliver another away win, finally going down 18-6 to
was the home team that was the first to show, moving the
ball quickly out of contact and stretching the Ross defence.
On a couple of occasions it looked as if they would score,
but the Ross defence held firm and after weathering the
early pressure it was Ross that opened the scoring. After
both scrum half, James Hughes and No.10, Gareth Holdsworth
had given Ross good territory, the Tewkesbury 8 came offside
at the ruck and James Hughes calmly slotted the penalty
against a gusting wind.
the game entering the second quarter, Ross looked in control.
Their kicking game was putting pressure on the Tewkesbury
back three and their defence was looking comfortable. However,
with the half coming to a close, Ross took their foot off
the pedal and let Tewkesbury in for a try. From a Ross scrum,
Tewkesbury stole possession and quickly moved the ball to
their Winger who crashed over to score, giving a half time
score of 5-3 to the home team.
in the second half, both teams exchange penalties and going
into the last quarter Tewkesbury were 8-6 ahead. The Ross
pack picked up the tempo through their pick and drive game.
This tactic delivered some big yardage gains and from a
delicate chip through from Gareth Holdsworth, Centre, Chay
Brine nearly slid over to score. The game was in the balance
and it looked as if the next score would settle it. However,
after a period of good territory and pressure it was Tewkesbury
who dealt the killer blow. From another chip through by
Gareth Holdsworth, the ball bounced up kindly for the Tewkesbury
centre who had enough pace to go outside the cover defence
to score. They added the conversion and moved 15-6 ahead.
A late penalty sealed the win and after competing effectively
for most of the match, Ross saw another opportunity slip
Walford Timber Man of the match was Tim Hanks for a strong
game in defence and attack.
Saturday Ross have a friendly at home against Greyhound
of Hereford. Kick off is at 2.30pm.