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16th February 2011 SPORTING NEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE.....................
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RUGBY - ROSS 1st XV 27, OLD COLSTONIANS 20

Ross bagged their first league win since last November in this thrilling encounter, where the result was in the balance right up to the last play, with Ross scoring the crucial bonus point try to put them outside the drop zone. This was a crucial game for Ross who had found themselves in automatic relegation prior to this game, however, a determined display up front supported by some great skills behind saw Ross clinch victory with the last play of the game.

It was Ross who managed to get their noses ahead early on after a great solo try from fly half Gareth Holdsworth who cut through the defence before dummying the fullback to score. Casey Morgan added the conversion and Ross were 7-0 ahead. However, with ball in hand, the Colstonians were dangerous and after a fumble in midfield, it was the Colstonians Centre who cut through some poor tackling to bring the score back to 7-5.

Ross bounced back almost straight away after some sharp handling by James Hughes and Huw Bellamy saw Casey Morgan tackled a yard short of the line. However, Wing, Sam Griffiths was the first to react and dived over to score to put Ross 12-5 ahead. The seesaw encounter continued, however and the Old Colstonians hit back with a try of their own and two late penalties saw both teams in at half time 15-15.

The third quarter was a nervy affair and both teams were unable to keep hold of the ball for long enough to trouble either defence. It was the Colstonians who took the lead for the first time in the match with 15 minutes to go, with a try wide out on the left, which put them 20-15 ahead. Ross, however, would not lay down and with the forwards ably led by Tara Barnett punching holes in the Colstonian defence, it was Grant Holdsworth who cantered over under the posts to bring the scores level. Casey Morgan added the two points to put Ross 22 to 20 ahead.

With time running out, the Old Colstonians threw everything at Ross but with the last play of the game, Casey Morgan outpaced their defence to seal the win and clinch the try bonus point.

The Morris and Aubrey Man of the Match was Adam Clements. Next Saturday Ross will be back in league action against Old Bristolians. Kick off is at 2.30pm.

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