Ross RFC 2nd XV put in a much improved performance on Saturday,
pushing league leaders, Old Halesonians all the way before
conceding victory with a late converted try that saw the
home team win 26-19.
perfect conditions it was the home side that started the
brightest, running in two converted tries within the first
fifteen minutes opening up a 14-0 lead. Ross at this stage
were living off scraps but were dangerous when they moved
the ball quickly wide. Both Greg and Alex Bound had try
scoring runs snuffed out by some last gasp tackling but
Ross were unable to trouble the scorers and went in at half
time 14-0 down.
second half proved far more productive. From the off the
Ross pack increased the pace of the game and the big Halesonians
began to struggle as Tim Hanks and Adam Clements started
to offload out of the tackle. This opened up space and after
another Adam Clements break it was Winger, Ian Davies who
was on the end of the offload and he sprinted in from 45
yards to score. Ian Phillips added the conversion and Ross
were back in the game, 14-7 behind.
continued to play a high tempo game, looking to move the
Halesonians pack around the pitch and looking for the space
that would bring them another score. However, two dubious
off side decisions put them back in their own twenty two
and from the ensuing line out, Halesonians drove over to
score. The conversion was missed but Ross were now 19-7
down, with 20 minutes to play.
refused to give in and threw everything at the home side.
After being awarded a penalty, Ross took a quick tap and
Tom Small took the ball into the heart of the Halesonians
defence. The ball was spun right to Sam Griffiths who cut
inside his marker to score in the corner. The conversion
was missed but Ross were 19-12 down.
now it was one way traffic. Ross continued to keep the pace
of the game up and from another quick penalty, Adam Clements
cut through the defence to score under the posts. Ian Phillips
converted and Ross were level 19-19 with 10 minutes remaining.
At this stage it looked as if Ross would snatch the win
however with only minutes remaining the Halesonians centre
ran through some tired tackling to score and Ross had come
up short by 26-19.
Drop Inn Man of the match was Tim Hanks who had not played
all season but looked as if he’d never been away. Ross 2nds
are in Combination Cup action on Wednesday, 23rd March at
Cinderford. Kick off is at 6.45pm.