Ross rebounded from a poor performance last week to register
their first league win since early November, grinding out
a committed 13-5 victory against Bristol Saracens last Saturday.
both teams a lot rested on this result. For Ross it was
a chance to pull away from a potential relegation battle
and for the Saracens, the opportunity to move into the top
three and a promotion push. However, it was Ross who were
the more committed and physical and deservedly ran out 13-5
teams did their best to rise above the heavy conditions,
looking to keep the ball in hand rather than enter into
a game of aerial ping pong, but it was Ross with their physical
intensity that dominated the early exchanges. Their commitment
in the tackle and around the rucks definitely put Saracens
on the back foot. Early territory in the Saracens twenty
two led to the opening score after Saracens had infringed
at a ruck. Scrum half James Hughes calmly slotted the penalty
and Ross were 3-0 ahead.
maintained the intensity and did not allow Saracens back
in the game, and from another period of pressure, Ross added
to their lead. From another dominant scrum on the twenty
two, James Hughes sniped to within 5 yards of the try line.
The forwards were quickly in support, driving lock Dave
Mince over under the posts. James Hughes again converted
and at half time Ross were 10-0 ahead.
second half followed a similar pattern. The Ross front row
continued to dominate at scrum time. Jumpers Matt Jones,
Ashley Nelmes and Adam Clements were a handful at the lineout,
and crucially the ferocity of the Ross tackling led to a
number of Saracens errors from which Ross increased their
lead from another James Hughes penalty. As the game entered
the final quarter, Saracens eventually scored. However,
Ross held out with a huge defensive effort in the last five
minutes to register a crucial win.
W James Repairs man of the match was the whole Ross squad
for putting in a committed performance.
Saturday, 13th February, Ross are away to Gloucester Spartans.