After a hard fought win the previous Saturday, Ross travelled
to Gloucester Spartans last weekend, confident of adding
another victory to their league tally. The Ross team did
not disappoint and a excellent first half performance sealed
a convincing 31-13 win.
the outset, both sides looked to keep the ball in hand,
rather than fall into aerial ping-pong which has become
a boring part of the modern game. The Ross defence however
was the strongest, stopping the Spartans' attacks behind
the gain line. This led to turnover ball and it was from
a Gavin Oates turnover that Ross opened the scoring. From
the turnover, James Hughes moved the ball quickly left.
Some quick hands put Chay Brine clear and he side stepped
the Spartans Winger before outpacing the defence to score.
James Hughes added the conversion to put Ross 7-0 ahead.
an effort to get back into the game, Spartans became more
adventurous and it was this adventure that led to Rossís
second score. After some strong tackling from Ashley Nelms
and Matt Redman had put Spartans on the back foot, they
spun out some speculative passes. Great anticipation from
centre, Gareth Holdsworth saw him intercept and sprint 50
metres to score under the posts. Hughes converted and Ross
were 14-0 up.
kept up the physical intensity and Spartans could not escape
from this vice like grip. Once again they panicked in attack
and once again, great timing from Gareth Holdsworth saw
him bag his second interception try, putting Ross 21-0 ahead.
Ross were now in complete control and from some great lineout
work from Adam Clements, Ross moved the ball into midfield.
Centre, Bas Parker got outside his centre before sending
a scoring pass to Gareth Holdsworth to secure his hat trick,
putting Ross 26-0 head. The Spartans did rally with a penalty
on half time, however, putting the score at 26-3.
came straight out of the blocks in the second half and once
again Holdsworth intercepted. He fed Captain, Gavin Oates,
who made good ground before passing to James Hughes who
cut inside the chasing defence to score. This put Ross 31
to 3 up with 35 minutes to go. Unfortunately for Ross and
the watching supporters it seems the referee then decided
to stop the game as a contest. At every breakdown he blew
for a penalty. He then yellow carded three Ross players
in what can only be deduced as an effort to assist the Spartans.
His stewardship of the game ruined what had been an entertaining
match. Ross did concede a try and a penalty but still ran
out comfortable 31-13 winners.
Walford timber man of the match was Gareth Holdsworth for
his hat trick of tries.
Saturday, 20th February, Ross are at home against Tewkesbury.
Kick off is at 2.30pm.