committed performance from Ross may not have been enough
to snatch victory from Southmead last Saturday but they
emerged with another bonus point that may prove crucial
come the end of the season.
first half of the game was dominated by the referee's whistle.
Some strange interpretation of the laws at the breakdown
frustrated both teams, however it was Ross that fell foul
of the ref's whistle and Southmead were able to establish
territory deep in the Ross half as a result. As the penalties
mounted so did the opportunities for shots at goal by the
Southmead ten. He did miss two, but three successful penalties
saw them into half time 9-0 ahead.
a stop start first half dominated by the whistle, the second
half proved more productive for Ross. They cut out the penalties
and as a result were able to retain possession. They looked
to move the ball and some strong early running from Josh
Morgan and Mike Chandler gave Ross the confidence they were
searching for and soon after they opened their account.
strong tackling from Lee Cleaver and Matt Redman saw the
ball go loose. Gavin Oates was the first to react. Moving
the ball quickly through the hands to Centre Chay Brine,
he accelerated through a gap in mid field before outpacing
both the Winger and fullback to score. The conversion just
went wide but Ross were back in the game 9-5 down.
needed to control possession and territory and the next
score would have been theirs, however, two unsavoury stampings
on the head saw Ross lose Jake Christopher and Alistair
Rees to head wounds. This disruption let Southmead into
the game and a penalty and try in quick succession saw them
take a 17-5 lead with 10 minutes to go. Ross did fight back
with fly half, Gareth Holdsworth scoring in the dying minutes
to secure Ross a losing bonus point.
Walford Timber man of the match was Mike Chandler for some
thunderous tackling around the rucks.
Saturday, 27th November Ross 1st XV will be in Birmingham,
playing in the North Midlands Cup. Ross 2nd XV will be in
league action at home against Upton-on- Severn. Kick off
is at 2.15pm.