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23rd February 2011 SPORTING NEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE.....................
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RUGBY - ROSS 1st XV 5, BRISTOLIANS 21

Ross failed to build on last weeks win, losing out to a committed and fluent Bristolians outfit and with Brockworth gaining a losing bonus point found themselves back in the relegation zone on points difference. This sets up a nervy end of season run in but with three home games still to play, Ross will be confident of finding the win that will put them clear of relegation.

The Bristolians were far more fluent and cohesive from the off with backs and forwards linking well. This put the Ross defence on the back foot and after a number of well controlled phases the visitors scored out on the left to put them 7-0 ahead after 5 minutes. From such a bad start, Ross did work themselves into the game, with both Chris Price and Gavin Oates showing well in defence and with ball in hand. However, the Bristolians defence held solid. Some half breaks from Gareth Holdsworth, then Chay Brine, gave Ross confidence but they could not find that killer pass and with half time looming it was the visitors who added to their tally with another converted try putting them 14-0 ahead at the break.

For Ross to get back in the game it was crucial they were the first to score in the 2nd half. Again some good work from Sam Griffiths, then Huw Bellamy, created half chances but once again they could not find that scoring pass. The Bristolians absorbed the early pressure and just on the hour mark, killed off the game with another converted try to put them 21-0 ahead.

Ross did not give up and continued to work hard and were rewarded with a score. Scrum half, Craig Powell broke quickly from a ruck before passing to Gareth Holdsworth. Gareth cut through the defence before putting a well timed inside pass to Adam Clements, who barged his way through two tackles to score, putting Ross 21-5 behind. Some late strong running from Mike Davies and Casey Morgan saw Ross continue to work hard until the final whistle but the visitors' defence held firm and the final score was 21-5 to the Bristolians.

The GMP Software Design man of the match was Michael Brine.

Next Saturday, 26th February, Ross are back in league action at Wilton Sports Ground against home to Frampton Cotterell. Kick off is at 2:30pm.

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