Stung by last weeks defeat at Southmead, Ross returned to winning ways on Saturday, October 6th, delivering a passionate and committed brand of rugby that proved too much for a valiant Bream side as Ross ran out 16 - 10 winners. From the kick-off it was quickly apparent that Ross were determined to make amends for a below par performance the previous week. Under pressure, the Bream scrum almost managed to clear the Ross kick-off but still found themselves deep in their twenty two. From the ensuing line-out Tony Clements found his jumper and the Ross pack were in the ascendancy. For the initial few minutes the Bream defence held firm. However, Ross controlled the ball, and after some effective driving from first Chris Conlon, then Tim Hanks, Gavin Oates crashed over for the opening score of the game. With their tails up Ross continued to dominate possession and territory, both their lineout and scrimmage were working well and Bream had to work hard in defence to deny further scores. However, with half-time looming, Ross added to their try count. Again Tony Clements found his jumper, Ross set up a driving maul, and when No 8 Chris Conlon broke clear from the base he found himself clear of the Bream defence. He surged into the Bream twenty-two and drew the fullback, before delivering a try-scoring pass to Simon Gwynne. Ross went into the break 10-3 to the good. Ross started the second half as they finished the first, Chris Gage continued to peg Bream back in their own half, and, as the Ross pack pressured, Bream infringed. Chris Gage converted two penalties early in the second half as Ross moved 16 - 3 clear, as the game entered the final quarter. Ross could not capitalize on their advantage and after they were penalized Bream worked the penalty to within 10 yards of the Ross line. Bream secured the lineout and set up a driving maul. Their No8 crashed over to score and the try was converted. With 10 minutes remaining the score was 16 - 10 to Ross. With only one score in the game Bream were looking to snatch an unlikely victory. However, the Ross pack re-asserted itself and the remainder of the game was played in the Bream twenty two. Tim Hanks was unlucky not to get on the score sheet when in the process of scoring the Bream tackler dislodged the ball, but that did not affect the result and Ross in the end were comfortable winners 16-10. Terry's Digital Men of the match were Chris Conlon and Wayne Bishop. Next Saturday Ross play Cheltenham Civil Service away, kick-off at 3 pm.
Good victory for first team against Bream
Wednesday 10th October 2007 10:00 pm