Ross-on-Wye return to winning ways

By Ross Gazette sports reporter in Rugby

Ross returned to winning ways last Saturday with a convincing away win against local rivals Westbury. They ran in six unanswered tries and delivered a comfortable bonus point win, retaining hope of an automatic promotion spot at the end of the league campaign.

Westbury came at Ross hard from the off, bringing their big forwards into the game and looking to find a weakness in the Ross defence. For ten minutes it looked as if Ross were in for a difficult afternoon, however, they weathered the opening salvo, and as soon as they managed to develop some phases with ball in hand they opened the scoring. There was some great off loading from Craig Smith then Dan Field who put Huw Bellamy in to score and Ross were 5-0 ahead.

It was the forwards who added the next score. From a penalty, Aaron kicked for the corner and set up a lineout ten metres out. Josh Element found his jumper and Ross set up the driving maul. Westbury tried to splinter but Ross kept control and Chris Price crashed over to score, Aaron added the two and Ross were 12-0 up as they entered the second quarter, Westbury tried to bring their set piece game into play but they could not find a score, and Ross ended the half with another try from Ben Element, Aaron converted, giving them a 19-0 lead and on the stroke of half time Aaron added a penalty to see Ross in at the break 22-0 ahead.

Ross did not let up in the second half, looking to keep the ball in play and in hand. Ross soon added to their tally with a training ground move from a scrum on halfway number eight, Josh Walker picked up and fed Ben Element who put in a wide pass to blindside winger Craig Smith. Even with 50 metres to go he easily outpaced his opposite number to score, putting Ross 27-0 up.

Westbury tried in vain to find a way back into the game however further scores from centre, Matt King, and hooker, Josh Element, saw Ross run out comfortable 39-0 winners, securing a try bonus point in the process.

On Saturday Ross are at home to Pershore in the semi final of the North Mids cup, a 2.30pm kick off come down and support your local team.

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