kick started their season last weekend with a fine win over
a youthful Brockworth side.
started strongly and after a couple of quick drives on half
way, two dummy runners of Chay Brine enabled Adam Clements
to hit a perfect line through the Brockworth midfield. Great
support from Baz 'the hunt' Parker took the ball into the
Brockworth 22, where he showed good vision to flip the ball
back to Adam who walked the ball in under the posts. This
gave Ross some confidence in moving the ball and the next
5 minutes saw them camp in the Brockworth half, with strong
work from Dave Mince and Wayne Williams around the fringes.
However, a lost ball at contact enabled Brockworth to turn
the ball over and move it wide, where a series of quick
passes meant the right wing touched the ball down under
the posts. The ball was converted and this gave them a 7
- 5 lead which they hardly deserved.
responded well, however and after a good kick chase saw
the Brockworth full back get turned over on their 22, Gavin
Oates showed good skills to pick up and dive under the posts.
This turned the advantage back to Ross. A strong defensive
effort for the last 10 minutes of the half with a couple
of important tackles from Hugh Bellamy, Gareth Holdsworth
and Donkey Davies saw Ross hold Brockworth out and turn
around at the break with a 12 - 7 lead.
continued to dominate field position and were unfortunate
to not score after 15 minutes of the 2nd half when it looked
like Michael Davies had scored, but the referee adjudged
the ball to be held up. A slight change to the front row
saw Tony Clements come on and from the next scrum, a strong
push enabled Donkey to score. This gave Ross a 17 - 7 lead.
As Brockworth chased the game Ross started to give away
field position and lose possession. However Ross continued
to defend strongly as they had throughout the game and some
crunching tackles from Festa, Troy and Casey saw Ross turn
Brockworth back over again and again to relieve pressure.
the game drew to a close, a stolen lineout saw the back
row work in unison to leave Gavin 'Andrew' Oates to beat
3 defenders from the half way and show Clint Jackson like
speed to score. This confirmed the win, as well as giving
Ross an excellent bonus point. The last 2 minutes saw Brockworth
try to get a consolation score, but an excellent try-saving
tackle from Josh Morgan saw Ross hold out and despite a
great turnover by Hugh Bellamy and then break out with a
3 on 1 on the half way, the final pass went forward and
the game was over.
was an excellent all round performance and due to this there
was no man of the match. However, special mention should
go to Matthew Jones who had his best game in a number of
years and Pickles who is getting more and more comfortable
at this level.