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Ross 2nd XV entertained Drybrook 3rds in a thrilling Forest of Dean combination cup quarter final on Tuesday, 20th April and came out eventual winners 10 to 6.

In a forward orientated match Ross more than held their own in the scrum, line out and ruck ball. Once the ball was moved out wide, the quicker backs took territorial advantage in a game that was dominated by defence. Tries were at a premium and fortunately Ross produced the only touchdown. A fine lineout won by Jake Christopher found Powell, quickly slipping the ball to half back partner, Paul Haley who straightened the attacking line. Breaking right, full back Tim Cheyney received the ball and with a 5 metre channel to play in beat two defenders before off loading to Wing Tom Harris who scored in the corner. Powell converted a superb touch line conversion to give Ross a 7-0 lead. After a few more phases of play Drybrook were deemed offside and Powell once again stepped up to add the penalty just on the half time whistle.

The second half was nip and tuck and good defence by both sides prevented any further tries. As Drybrook started to apply more pressure, the Ross discipline slipped a little, conceding two penalties which were well kicked to give Drybrook a lifeline. The last five minutes saw Ross defending their own touch line with succession of scrums. Twice Ross collapsed, and a third time would have resulted in a penalty try, but by sheer guts and determination, the scrum held firm. Drybrook lost possession and Ross kicked into touch to end the game and earn a well deserved victory.

This win meant Ross 2nd XV would play against Bream 2nds in the semi final.


Combination cup Semi Finals anywhere away from home are always hard affairs and this was no exception. With the home side spurred on by A partisan and vocal home crowd, the opening minutes were not for the weak of heart.

Ross defended from the kick off and kept their defence tight with little getting past. With 15 minutes of sustained pressure Bream at last broke through for an unconverted try. With confidence now high Bream continued to attack and with Ross caught offside a penalty was awarded and converted by Bream to take an 8 nil lead.

At last Ross started to string some passages of play together and with a quick tap penalty, Powell ran 50 metres into the Bream 22 before being tripped which went unnoticed by the ref. Still, a penalty was awarded and Ross kicked for the corner. From the line out quick ball was moved through the backs to Wing, Russ Walker who outpaced his marker to score in the corner. Ross now had a spring in their step and started to open the play up at every chance, only to be halted by the half time break.

Bream started the 2nd half a player down due to a yellow card being shown to the second row for repeated infringements at the breakdown. Ross took advantage and with quicker backs and confidence growing, outside half, Gwynne delayed a superb pass for oncoming Wing Tom Harris, side-stepping the oncoming defender a gap appeared which left a 30 metre run to the line. This was converted to give Ross a 12 to 8 lead. Breams heads went down and once again Ross took full advantage.

Good ball from a ruck allowed Powell to dart 5 metres before slipping a short ball to Gwynne. Gwynne passed to Rob Cheyney who, with a mixture of pace and power finished off the move to give Ross their 3rd try. This was converted to give Ross a comfortable 19 to 8 lead. With 10 minutes left Bream scored a try against the run of play to keep their hopes alive. A now inspired Bream started pounding the Ross line. A penalty was awarded for the home side and the gap was now only 3 points.

Now was the time for Ross to defend and they did not disappoint. Big tackles by Hanks, McCauley, Williams, Hayward and Clements denied Bream. One last effort by Bream saw Ross Centre, Cheyney handle in the ruck and Ross were down to 14 players. Bream needing a try to win went for broke. A tap penalty was called but Ross were in no mood to concede, held the ball up over the line and the referee blew the final whistle. A superb victory had been gained.

Ross now play Cinderford in the Combination cup final on Sunday, 2nd May. Kick off is at 3pm at Dockham Road Cinderford.


Ross United U 13ís played away to Westfields on Sunday morning in the Brederodes Cup.

Westfields, who were unbeaten league champions, started on the front foot and were denied early on by a full stretch save by Kieran. The pressure continued to mount, and the home team opened the scoring in the 8th minute. Ross battled well against a creative team with the back four of Joe, Ollie, Dan and Ralph all needing to make crucial tackles to avoid any addition to the score. Liam and Callum worked well up front but it was Westfields who doubled their lead in the 27th minute to make the score 2-0 at the break.

Ross were forced into a change of keeper at half-time, with Harry replacing Kieran between the sticks. Ross started to pile on the pressure with a cross from Callum finding Josh in space with a shot that went just wide. Dan L, Jacob, Ryan and Robbie all contributed to a spirited performance that deserved a goal but all of Rossís efforts were thwarted. Dan took a long free-kick that forced a save from the Westfields keeper, and Josh almost scored with another shot that went just wide. A couple of minutes from time, Westfields scored again to make the final score 3-0 to the home side.

The Manager and Coaches praised all of the team for a hardworking display against a very good Westfields side.

The Ross United Team were Kieran, Ralph, Dan, Joe, Ollie, Josh, Ryan, Dan L, Liam, Callum, Harry, Jacob and Robbie.

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