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9th February 2011 SPORTING NEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE.....................
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RUGBY - WHITEHALL 36, ROSS 1st XV 0,

Another hard working performance from Ross was undone by three late scores from Whitehall putting an underserved gloss on the score line leaving Ross with a hard end of season run in if they are to avoid relegation.

The visitors started the brightest establishing early possession in the Whitehall twenty two. The forwards took control of the ball and showed great patience and skill in wet and blustery conditions and they bombarded the Whitehall line going through twelve phases of play. However, with a score beckoning, the referee blew up at a ruck and gave the home team the scrum put in. Whitehall secured scrum ball and were able to clear their lines. The remainder of the half was error strewn as conditions worked against a free flowing game. However, with half time beckoning the Whitehall left wing did score wide out on the left and Ross went in at half time 5-0 down.

The Ross commitment, especially amongst the forwards, could not be overstated. However they could not deliver that try scoring pass and as the second half progressed, the home side began to dominate territory putting the Ross defence under growing pressure. Initially Ross held firm but the weight of possession of the home team finally paid dividends and once they had opened their account in the second half, two further tries were added and within a blink of an eye Ross were out of the game. The visitors continued to work hard but a further Whitehall try just before full time put an underserved gloss on the scoreline.

The Walford timber man of the match was Mike Chandler for a tireless performance in defence.

Next Saturday, 12th Febraury, Ross will entertain Old Bristolians at Wilton Sports Ground. Kick off is at 2:30pm.

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