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With no league or merit table matches being played on Saturday, a combined Ross side totalling 530 years in the starting XV entertained Magor veterans at Ross sports centre.

Ross quickly found out however, that Magor had not just turned up to make up the numbers. Within 15 minutes, due to Ross not stringing any phases of play together, missed tackles and a certain lack of team understanding, Magor found themselves, deservedly 14 nil up with two well executed tries and two conversions.

This now gave Ross something to think about. From the restart the ball did not travel 10 metres. Ross waited for the refs whistle which never came and stopped playing. Magor's prop took advantage of the missunderstanding, picked the ball up and ran, unchallenged, 45 metres to score try number three. The 4th Magor try wasn't long in coming as again poor defence let the opposition wing in for an unconverted try to make the score 24-0 with only 30 minutes played.

Now seemed the time to start replacing age with a bit more speed. Off came Powell, Hayward and Pocknell to be replaced by Hughes, Chainey and C Powell and the difference was instant. With probably the first touch of the ball Hughes darted off on a solo run to score a try which was converted by Powell. This brought about half time but at least Ross had something to work on in the second half.

With Davis and Hanks now beginning to work well together in the back row, Ross started to edge the forward play allowing good ball for Powell, Chainey and Gage to attack. From the next Ross maul, Powell found Chainey, who after beating 3 players shrugged off a last ditch tackle to score under the posts. This was duly converted and Ross were now back in the game.

Ross now were now starting to dominate, causing Magor to argue amongst themselves. Ross were awarded a penalty and an extra 10 metres for backchat to the ref. From a quick tap Powell found Hughes running a right to left angle and a nice reverse pass found Hanks running on at speed to burst over for a try under the post. Hanks also added the conversion to put Ross 3 points behind with 10 minutes to go.

Ross kept the forward game going again, driving into the Magor 22. Ross were awarded a line out, McCauley won clean ball, Lawrence drove to within 2 metres of the line and the ball was recycled to the backs. Again Powell and Hughes created space for Chainey to dart over for his 2nd and Ross's 4th and final try of the game. Powell added the conversion to record a final score of Ross 28, Magor 24.

Thanks must go to club sponsors Walford Timber. On Saturday it's back to league and merit action. The 1st XV will entertain Matson at Ross Sports Centre and the 2nd xv also at home at Greytree, will play Stourbridge.

The Ross squad were Gage, Harris, Powell, Stephens, Chainey, Pritchard, Hayward, Jode, Clements, Pocknell, McCauley, Lawrence, Davis, Hanks, Pollock, Mince, Price, Bevan, Hughes, Walker and Haley.


Ross United U13ís, played away at Ledbury Athletic Swifts on Sunday morning. Ross dominated the opening minutes of the match and were rewarded when a shot from Jake squeezed underneath the keeper to make the score 1-0.

Ross continued to pile on the pressure with Callum shooting just wide after a through ball from Josh. A neat move involving a Callum through ball allowed Max the opportunity to run through and make it 2-0 in the 18th minute. Ross threatened with some bright moves involving Ryan, Robbie and Harry, although just before half-time Ledbury pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 to Ross.

Daniel L and Liam came on at the start of the second half but it was Ledbury who started to run the game. Rossís defence of Joe, Dan, Ollie and Ralph were all put under pressure with the turning point of the game coming 13 minutes into the half when the ball was adjudged to have crossed the line to make the score 2 all. Ross had a number of chances to score again but it was Ledbury who, despite some good work by Kieran, scored twice before the end to make the final score 4-2 to Ledbury.

The Hardest Working Player was awarded to Josh. The Ross United Team were Kieran, Ralph, Dan, Ollie, Joe, Josh, Ryan, Harry, Max, Callum, Jake, Robbie, Dan L and Liam.

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