a bonus point win the previous weekend, Ross travelled to
Tewkesbury with high hopes of adding another league win.
However a committed and smart Tewkesbury outfit delivered
a professional 80 minutes of rugby running out comfortable
did convert an early penalty opportunity to take a 3-0 lead
but for the first quarter, it was Ross that had the majority
of possession and territory, and looked the most likely
to score the opening try. Twice Ross had scrums in the Tewkesbury
twenty two, yet on both occasions they were penalized for
wheeling. This gave Tewkesbury the breathing space to clear
the game entered the second quarter the score remained 3-0,
yet with Ross exerting the pressure. Then completely against
the run of play, the Tewkesbury blind sided cantered over
to score. Ross looked to have control of a ruck 30 metres
out when the Tewkesbury 6 picked up the loose ball and ran
unchallenged to score. The Tewkesbury 10 converted, giving
them a 10-0 lead. This
knocked the stuffing out of Ross and on the stroke of half
time, Tewkesbury extended their lead with a penalty taking
them to 13-0 ahead.
a breeze at their backs in the second half, the Tewkesbury
10 played a very successful territory game, putting Ross
deep in their 22 at every opportunity. This forced Ross
to chase the game. When they did get ball in hand, Chay
Brine, Casey Morgan and Gareth Holdsworth looked dangerous.
However, with their tails up the Tewkesbury defence were
able to sniff out every opportunity.
Ross being forced back into their twenty two, Tewkesbury
delivered three second half tries, all coming from driving
line outs which put the home team out of sight. In open
play, Ross continued to compete with Gavin Oates turning
over Tewkesbury ball at will. However, it was too late for
a fight back and the final score brought sober viewing to
the Ross squad. The Terrys Digital Ross man of the match
was Gavin Oates for his tireless display in the loose.
Saturday, Ross 1st XV have a weekend off but Ross 2nds are
playing against Longlevens at Wilton Sports Ground. Kick
off is at 3pm.