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RUGBY - ROSS RFC 2ND XV 10, DRYBROOK 3RDS 6
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
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.
win meant Ross 2nd XV would play against Bream 2nds in the
RUGBY - ROSS RFC 2ND XV 15, BREAM 16
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
now play Cinderford in the Combination cup final on Sunday,
2nd May. Kick off is at 3pm at Dockham Road Cinderford.
FOOTBALL - KINGTON 3, ROSS UNITED U13S 0
Ross United U 13ís played away to Westfields on Sunday morning
in the Brederodes Cup.
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.
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.
Manager and Coaches praised all of the team for a hardworking
display against a very good Westfields side.
Ross United Team were Kieran, Ralph, Dan, Joe, Ollie, Josh,
Ryan, Dan L, Liam, Callum, Harry, Jacob and Robbie.