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.
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.
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.
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.
Terrys Digital Man of the match were the Ross front row
of Dave Mince, Chris Price and Tony Clements who stepped
in last minute.
week Ross 1st XV will travel to Whitehall, Bristol and Ross
2nds will travel to Malvern.