Ross were looking to open their league account on Saturday
after a closing day loss to Widden old Boys. However, once
again they came up just short, losing to Bristol side, Colstonians
was the home side that looked the most likely to score early
on, however a strong Ross defence forced enough Colstonians
errors to ensure that they never really threatened the Ross
line. With scrum and lineout working well, Ross began to
grow in confidence as the game entered the 2nd quarter.
Fly half, Chay Brine began to find some great territory
with his clearing kicks and Centre, Casey Morganís strong
running was proving a handful for the Colstonians defence.
However they could not find that killer pass to open the
the first half coming to a close, it was the Colstonians
who finally opened the scoring. Ross Centre, Bas Parker
was tackled without the ball and Ross were awarded a penalty
but, mysteriously the ref reversed the decision for Ross
back chat. In the confusion, the Colstonians took a quick
penalty and scored wide out on the right to take a 5-0 lead
into the half time break.
up hill and against the elements in the 2nd half, Ross needed
an early score. With Dave Mince and Gavin Oates punching
holes in the defence close in and Josh Morgan looking dangerous
out wide, it looked as if Ross would open their score sheet.
However, once again Ross fell foul of the refs whistle,
the Colstonians cleared their lines from the ensuing line
out and scored in the corner to take a 10-0 lead. A further
penalty saw them then move out to 13-0 and the game was
continued to work hard and were close to scoring on a number
of occasions, but the game petered out with Ross falling
short once again.
Walford timber man of the match was Captain, Gavin Oates
for once again a tireless display in defence. Ross 1st XV
take on League leaders Old Richians next Saturday, 25th
September at Wilton Sports Ground. Kick off is at 3pm. Ross
2nd Xv open their League season away to Ledbury.