Ross had a break from league action last Saturday and took
the opportunity to blood some new players away to Hereford
Greyhounds and after battling against the conditions Ross
ran out comfortable 12-0 winners.
conditions played a major part in the contest as it rained
from kick off to final whistle and the wind gusted constantly.
As a consequence neither team could string a number of phases
together as the ball quickly resembled a bar of soap. However,
Ross remained in control of the contest, dominating territory
and proving too strong in the tackle and rucks.
nearly went ahead just fifteen minutes into the game. After
some strong ball carrying by TC Leech and Ashley Nelms got
Ross beyond the gain line, some slick hands by the backs
put Winger Josh Morgan away. He beat his Winger but in the
process of scoring, lost control of the ball and Ross were
denied the opening score. Ross continued to dominate and
after 30 minutes they finally went through enough phases
without an error to score. Tim Hanks broke from another
strong scrum and popped to scrum half, Jack Taylor who put
centre Bas Parker clear. Bas was tackled 10 yards out, but
quick ball from the ruck put TC Leech clear through the
defence under the posts. Chay Brine converted and Ross were
7-0 ahead. On the half time whistle, Ross were again denied
when it seemed Tim Hanks had grounded the ball against the
base of the post. However, the ref was unsighted and at
half time Ross were 7-0 ahead.
maintained their dominance in the second half, but again
the conditions meant they struggled to go through the phases.
Tim Hanks, however did get his score. After some controlled
driving play from the base of the ruck by Matt Redman and
Dave Mince took Ross within a few yards, Tim Hanks showed
enough strength to barge his way over to score. The conversion
was missed and Ross were 12-0. With the conditions deteriorating
the ref blew the whistle early, giving Ross a comfortable
Walford timber man of the match was debutante Jack Taylor.
Next Saturday, 28th November Ross are back in league action
at home against Bristol Saracens. Kick off is at 2.30pm.