Ross through to Cup Final
Combination cup Semi Finals anywhere away from home are always hard affairs and this was no exception. With the home side spurred on by partizan and vocal home crowd the opening minutes were not for the weak of heart. Ross defended from the kick off kept their defence tight with little getting past.
At last Ross started to string some passages of play togeather and with a quick
tap penalty Powell ran 50 metres into the Bream 22 before being tripped which went unnoticed by the ref. Still a penalty was awarded and Ross kicked for the corner.
From the line out quick ball was moved through the backs to wing Russ Walker who outpaced his marker to score in the corner.
Ross now had a spring in their step and started to open the play up at every chance only to be halted by the half time break.
Bream started the second half a player down due to a yellow card being shown to the second row for repeated infringements at the breakdown.
Ross took advantage, with quicker backs and confidence growing outside half Gwynne delayed a superb pass for oncoming wing Tom Harris, sidestepping the oncoming defender a gap appeared which left a 30 metre run to the line. This was converted to give Ross a 12 to 8 lead.
Breams heads went down and once again Ross took full advantage. Good ball from a ruck allowed Powell to dart five metres before slipping a short ball to Gwynne. Gwynne passed to Rob Cheyney who with a mixture of pace and power finished off the move to give Ross their third try. This was converterd to give Ross a comfortable 19 to 8 lead. With 10 minutes left Bream scored a try against the run of play to keep their hopes alive. A now inspired Bream started pounding the Ross line A penalty was awarded for the home side and the gap was reduced to three points. Now was the time for Ross to defend and they did not dissapoint. Big tackles by Hanks, McCauley, Williams, Hayward and Clements denied Bream.
One last effort by Bream saw Ross centre Cheyney handle in the ruck and Ross were down to 14 players. Bream needing a try to win went for broke. A tap penalty was called but Ross were in no mood to concede held the ball up over the line and the referee blew the final whistle and a superb victory had been gained.