Ross's promising start to the season continued on Saturday
with a convincing win against a hard working Tewkesbury
outfit, however Ross's superior fitness proved too much
in the end. In perfect Rugby conditions, Tewkesbury kicked
off attacking the cricket pitch end. Mike Davies fielded
the kick and made good ground, the ball was quickly recycled
and the Ross backs immediately pushed over the gain line,
setting the scene for the rest of the match.
some strong running by Matthew Redman, Dave Mince and
Matt Taylor, the ball was moved quickly out to Hugh Bellamy
who drew the midfield defence, delaying a perfect pop
pass to Adam Clements who burst through the defence to
score under the posts, Chris Gage converted making the
score 7 - 0 after only five minutes.
continued to engineer overlaps after the restart, however
a combination of Ross' over enthusiasm and Tewkesbury's
ability to slow down Ross's ruck ball ensured that by
half time Ross had only added one more try, making the
half time score 12 - 0.
second half began in a similar vein to the first, with
Ross forwards continually being the first to the breakdown
and with Gavin Oates and Tim Hanks working hard to ensure
continued possession. With Tewkesbury forwards beginning
to tire, gaps began to appear. After some strong running
from Tara Barnett and Tony Clements, Sam Harness moved
the ball quickly out to Simon Gwynne, who fed Hugh Bellamy.
Another well timed pass found Alistair Rees, who scored
in the corner.
summoned up one last effort and after some good approach
play in the midfield sent their "on loan" winger Flos
Morgan over to score.
was only a temporary reprieve as Ross quickly reasserted
their dominance and with further tries from Wayne Bishop,
Matthew Redman and Gavin Oates, Ross ran out as comfortable
winners 34 - 7.
next match is an away league fixture on Sat 22nd at Cainscross.