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13th April 2011 SPORTING NEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE.....................
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RUGBY - ROSS 1ST XV 26, GLOUCESTER OLD BOYS 8

Ross RFC 1st XV were comfortable winners in their last home game of the season and in doing so secured their place in Gloucester Premier for the 2011/12 season, running in four tries to secure a 26-8 win against an under powered Old Boys outfit.

It was the visitors who took the lead with a 10th minute penalty. However, it did not take Ross too long to wrestle that lead back as fly half Chay Brine scored a great individual try after cutting the Old Boys defence to pieces, outpacing the cover defence to score. Casey Morgan added the conversion and Ross were 7-3 ahead.

As the game entered the second quarter, Ross were in complete control. Dominating both scrum and line outs the Ross pack were able to give their back a steady stream of possession, and it was only the final pass that prevented Ross from adding further scores. First,Huw Bellamy's pass to Sam Griffiths was spilled with the try line at his mercy, then Chay Brine could not find Huw Bellamy with a scoring pass. As a result it was the forwards who decided to get into the act.

From a line out, Wayne Williams found Matt Jones at the front. Dave Mince drove the ball on followed quickly by Tara Barnett. With the Old Boys defence splintered, Captain, Gavin Oates picked up the ball at the back of the ruck and ran straight through the middle of the defence to score. Again Casey Morgan converted and Ross went in at half time 14-3 ahead.

The Ross pack continued their domination at the start of the second half, however, after a brawl 15 minutes in which saw Ross prop Matt Redman sent off, the Old Boys took a quick penalty and their centre scored in the corner to put them back in the game 14-8 down. This, however, did not signify a comeback and the Ross pack, even with one man down, reasserted its dominance and from another great scrum, Craig Powell put Chay Brine in space to score in the left hand corner, putting Ross 19-8 ahead.

Within minutes the game was put safe with a Tony Clements score. From another secure lineout Matt Jones set up the drive. The ball was worked back to Tony Clements who drove over from close range to score. Casey Morgan converted the touch line conversion and Ross were comfortable 26-8 winners.

The Drop inn man of the match was Chay Brine who controlled the game at 10. Next Saturday, 16th April Ross will play their final league game away to Widden Old Boys. Kick off is at 3pm.


RUGBY - ROSS 2nd XV 19, REDDITCH 2nd XV 15

Ross RFC 2nd XV put the dampers on high flying Redditch 2nds in the merit table league game, winning at home by 19-15. Redditch are pushing to win the league but came unstuck against a spirited Ross team who came back from a 10 nil deficit.

Within 10 minutes of kick off, Redditch got themselves in front with a try in the corner and then soon after went further ahead with another try, but both conversions were missed. Ross then began to gain momentum and outside half, Gareth Holdsworth broke through the defence to score. Tom Harris narrowly missed the conversion.

Redditch responded with yet another try, but again the conversion was missed. This was the last passage of the play that Redditch really had, as it was all Ross to the final whistle. Gareth again broke through from the stand off position to race away and score under the posts. Tom Harris converted. The Ross pack were winning the ball time and time again, and from such a situation Gareth was set free to score his hat-trick of tries. Tom Harris converted to mark a fine team performance which was much improved from recent weeks.

The next Ross 2nds match is their last last game of the season when Ross 2nds will play away to Malvern on 16th May.

The Man of the match was Gareth Holdsworth for his 3 tries.

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