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9th March 2011 SPORTING NEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE.....................
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RUGBY - ROSS 2nd XV 20, BROMSGROVE 4th XV 34

Despite having another good turn out, Ross 2nds were disjointed in their home game to Bromsgrove, losing 20 points to 34. Position changes before the kick off had a big part to play, although a spirited performance saw Ross come back into the game after trailing 17-3 at one stage.

Bromsgrove started brightly with an experienced side and ran in 3 quick tries, converting one of them. Ross gained their first points through a penalty from veteran scrum half Simon Brain. Just before the interval, Outside half Ian Phillips played the advantage to its word. He gathered a 'knock on' from the Bromsgrove full back and cantered over to score, however, Simon Brain's conversion attempt hit the upright.

Ross picked up the pace in the 2nd half and like last week, the introduction of the Holdsworth brothers paid dividends. Gareth passed to brother Grant, who broke two tackles to score under the posts and Phillips converted. Gareth then broke the gain line near the corner and off loaded to Winger Tom Booth who scored his first Ross Town try. Gareth Holdsworth missed the conversion from out wide.

Down to 14 men following the sin bin of Brain for taking the law into his own hands when a Bromsgrove player was blatantly offside, Bromsgrove scored again. Ross were a little slack in coming up in the line on a couple of occasions, allowing Bromsgrove to further their advantage. This ill discipline will need to be worked on for Ross to progress. They did however dominate the scrum giving the opportunity for No. 8 Richard Russell to brake away from the back of the scrum time and time again, but his efforts were in vain as he lacked support from colleagues. Russell Walker, playing at inside centre made some fine runs despite carrying an injury and full back Alex Bound had another great game, tackling his heart out and preventing at least two Bromsgrove tries.

The Drop Inn man of the match was youngster Dave Lawrence who had a great game playing for the first time at hooker, where most men are afraid to go!

This coming Saturday, Ross 2nds are away to Evesham in a Merit Table league game.

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