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2nd February 2011 SPORTING NEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE.....................
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An improved performance from Ross last Saturday gives them hope of fighting off relegation from the Gloucester Premiership, however two late tries by Tewkesbury gave the visitors a convincing win in the end.

It was Tewkesbury who started the brightest, establishing possession and territory deep in the Ross half. Some committed defending from forwards and backs alike kept the Ross try line in tact and after Ross infringed, Tewkesbury elected to kick for goal and opened up a 3-0 lead. The rest of the half was evenly fought and both teams had opportunities, the only difference being that Tewkesbury seized theirs to stretch their lead to 10-0.

With half time looming Ross did score a try after Jake Christopher had charged down a clearance kick and pounced on the loose ball to score. The referee however was unsighted and decided Jake had not touched the ball down before it ran over the dead ball line. This score would have given a 10-7 half time score line, however Ross went in 10-0 down.

Ross needed the first score of the 2nd half to get them back into the game but it was Tewkesbury who took their chances. From a scrum 20 yards out, their no 9 dummied before scoring under the posts to give an easy conversion and Ross were 17-0 behind. The Ross pack continued to work hard with ball in hand and some strong running from Mike Davies and Gavin Oates set up Josh Morgan to score in the left hand corner, bringing the score back to 17-5. Another score and it was game on. For the next 15 minutes Ross threw everything at the opposition but the Tewkesbury defence held firm and two late tries and a penalty flattered the opposition as they pulled away to win 32-5.

The Terrys Digital Man of the match were the Ross front row of Dave Mince, Chris Price and Tony Clements who stepped in last minute.

Next week Ross 1st XV will travel to Whitehall, Bristol and Ross 2nds will travel to Malvern.

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