Skilful play leads to victory
After tasting defeat at home to Bream in their first league game it was crucial that Ross delivered a victory last Saturday and get their season underway, the conditions were perfect and a skilful Ross fifteen duly delivered, comfortably winning 30-18 away to Bredon
It was Bredon, however, who started the strongest, retaining possession with a tight driving game and direct running. Initially the Ross defence held firm but as they infringed, Bredon were able to establish possession deep in the Ross twenty two and inevitably the score came as the Bredon number eight was driven over with the game fifteen minutes old. The try was converted and Ross went 7-0 behind.
Ross did not panic and settled down, the tight five began to exert dominance at scrum time and it was from a scrum that Ross opened their account. Scrum half Simon Gwynne moved the ball left from the base of the scrum and slick hands from Huw Bellamy and Dan Field put Chay Brine into space. He shrugged off two tackles and accelerated clear to score wide out on the left. The conversion was missed but Ross were back in the game 7-5 behind.
Within minutes Ross delivered a carbon copy to take the lead. Another solid scrum saw the ball moved quickly across the back line. Once again centre Chay Brine delayed his run perfectly and centre partner Dan Field put him through the gap. Chay then outpaced the fullback to bag his second score and Ross went 10-7 ahead.
Ross were now in complete control with the forwards dominating scrum time and delivering clean ball at the ruck. It was only the referee's whistle that prevented Ross inceasing their lead. Once again however it was a solid scrum that saw Ross move further ahead.
Twenty yards out number eight, Denver Rollings, picked from the back of the scrum making five hard yards. He offloaded to back row partner, Gavin Oates, who in turn offloaded to back rower Casey Morgan, who crashed over to score a great forwards try. Chay converted and Ross were 17-7 ahead.
As the half came to a close Ross scored their fourth and bonus point try. Once again some slick hands in the backs saw winger Harry Haile score wide out on the left putting Ross 22-7 ahead. A late Bredon penalty took the gloss off a great first half that saw Ross 22-10 ahead.
As in the first half Bredon started the second half the brightest, aided by some bizarre refereeing decisions they quickly added a penalty and a try to enter the last quarter only 22-18 behind. However Ross steadied the ship re-asserting themselves up front. This brought territory and Ross were able to add a penalty and Chay Brine's hat trick meant they finished the comfortable 30-18 winners.
The Hagesud Bosse man of the match was Chay Brine for his great tries.
On Saturday, September 29th Ross are back in league action against Bristol Aero at home, a 3pm kick off at Greytree Rugby Ground.
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