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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.