well drilled Bristolians outfit were too strong for Ross
last Saturday. Even with a spirited second half display
they ran out 41-5 losers and as a result fall into the bottom
two in the Gloucester Premiership.
home team started the strongest and quickly established
quality possession and territory. Three early penalties
did not help the cause and Bristolians were ahead after
only 5 minutes, scoring a well worked try wide out on the
left. Bristolians were now firmly on the front foot and
Ross were unable to slow the game down. As a result tries
came at regular intervals during the first half and when
half time did arrive Ross were 27-0 down.
the wind and slope in their favour In the second half, Bristolians
must have fancied a cricket score. However, to Rossís credit
they dug deep, looked to keep the ball in hand and began
to fight their way back into the game. Mike Chandler was
impressive with ball in hand before he had to go off with
a groin injury and Dave Mince showed great composure at
the back of a retreating scrum.
whole team worked hard and were finally rewarded when Gavin
Oates collected the ball from the back of a ruck after some
great work by Chay Brine and Gareth Holdsworth, and cantered
over from 5 yards out. Bristolians did add another two scores
to give a final score of 41-5, however injuries and two
late drop outs on Saturday morning had put Ross up against
it. Those that did travel to Bristol on Saturday did themselves
proud in the second half, showing guts and determination,
qualities that will be required if Ross are to stay up this
GMP Software Design man of the match was Mike Chandler for
some great work with ball in hand.
Saturday, Ross 1st XV have a break from league action, but
the 2nd XV will be playing Evesham in the North Midlands
Merit League at home. Kick off is at 2.15pm.