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were back in league action last weekend as they looked to
extend their unbeaten league record to five games and put
pressure on Dursley, who are currently at the top of the
were unbeaten at home during this league campaign and were
looking to mount their own challenge in Gloucester two,
but they were not prepared for an efficient Ross XV who
were able to keep their noses in front during a stop start
encounter, with Ross running out convincing winners at the
Ross were the away team, they started the strongest. Disrupting
Tetbury and setting up camp in their twenty two early on,
with Nick Rawlings finding his jumpers and Mike Davies controlling
the back of the scrum, Ross put the squeeze on Tetbury for
the first quarter of the game and with only 10 minutes gone,
Ross were the first to open the scoring.
some good work from Gavin Oates and Richard Russell, the
ball was worked wide by Chay Brine to Alistair Rees who
was held up short of the Tetbury line. The Ross pack quickly
recycled the ball for Gavin Oates to crash over giving Ross
a 5-0 lead. Chris Gage added a penalty shortly after and
with the first quarter coming to a close Ross were 8-0 to
the good. With Ross continuing to dominate, Chris Gage increased
the lead to 11-0 with another penalty before Adam Clements
added the second try.
an attacking scrum Ross moved the ball to the right. Chay
Brine delayed his pass, enabling Adam Clements to cut through
the defence. Some great footwork saw him cut inside the
Tetbury fullback to score and Chris Gage converted, giving
Ross a 18-0 lead. With the Half coming to a close Tetbury
came to life, scoring two late tries giving an half time
score of 18-15.
their lead having been whittled away, Ross redoubled their
efforts in the second half and they quickly added to their
lead with another Chris Gage penalty taking Ross 21-14 ahead.
Ross continued to shade the close encounters with the tight
five delivering the hard yards. After good work from Wayne
Williams and Tara Barnett, the ball was moved quickly left
to Wayne Bishop. Beating his man on the outside he drew
the fullback, before delivering an inside pass for Huw Bellamy
to score,giving Ross a 28-15 lead. Tetbury however refused
to lie down and after some sloppy Ross tackling closed the
gap with a try to 29-22.
working so hard to deliver this lead the Ross pack refused
to let the game slip. After some strong running from first
Matt Jones and then Matt Redman, Simon Gwynne crashed over
to seal the proceedings giving Ross a 33-22 lead. With the
clock running down Tetbury closed the gap to 33-25. However
Ross ran out the comfortable winners in the end.
Saturday Ross take on Malvern at home, with Ross 2nds travelling
to Malvern to play their 3rds.