On a gloomy, wet and very muddy Saturday afternoon, Ross
2nd XV produced one of their best displays to defeat a very
big and powerful Old Halesowen side by 17 points to 12.
got into the action very quickly with outside half, 17 year
old Jack Taylor cross kicking for Andy Bevan to chase down
into the opposition 22. Scrambling defence by Halesowen
resulted in a line out to Ross which was won by T C Leech.
In the ensuing maul, Ross had the ball turned over and the
defending outside half kicked a good clearance to the half
way line and again, Ross won the line out. This time quick
ball found scrum half, Powell. He in turn fed Taylor who
passed to centre Baz Parker. Taylor made a fine loop to
receive the ball 30 metres out and after leaving the 2 remaining
defenders in his wake, scored a fine unconverted try in
the corner to give Ross a 5 nil lead.
was now high and Ross kept the pressure on. A fine chip
and chase by back row, Hayward got Ross to within 5 metres
of the try line. After being tap tackled, he released to
prop Matt Redmond who was only denied a try by a fine cover
tackle from the defending full back. Most of the game was
now in the oppositions half but try as they might, they
could not add to the score before half-time.
started the second half as the first finished, on the front
foot, with 17 year old second rows, Troy McCauley and Dave
Lawrence giving Ross some fine yardage with powerful runs.
Ross forced their way to within 5 metres of the Halesowen
line and when the defence split, Hayward was on hand for
an opportunist try. The conversion was missed to give Ross
a 10 nil lead. This score seemed to spur the home side on.
The bigger opposing forwards started to attack around the
fringes of the rucks and mauls, only to be turned over time
and again by Parker and the much improved Jason Oates. Ten
minutes of pressure was soaked up before the Ross line was
eventually crossed for a converted try.
Ross stuck with the running rugby, moving the bigger team
around and gaps were soon exposed. Again fine work by the
Ross backs saw Parker sprint to the line for a fine try.
This was converted by Gage to give Ross a 17 to 7 lead.
With 10 minutes left, Halesowen threw every thing at Ross.
Fine defence by Ian Phillips and Russ Walker stopped a fine
break and more cover tackling by Sam Griffiths held the
opposition at bay. The last play of the game saw Halesowen
score a consolation try but with time up, Ross had secured
a fine, well deserved victory of 17 points to 12.
week's Walford Timber man of the match could have been any
one of 16, but eventually, Jason Oates for his doggedness
and untiring work in the loose was awarded the honour.
week Ross 2nd XV are home to Gloucester All Blues at the
Greytree pitch. A big thanks to all the supporters who came
to cheer us on in horrible conditions. Your support was
very much welcomed.