Hardwick & Quedgeley 25 – 31 Ross 2nds
In an enthralling game away to Hardwick & Quedgeley, Ross 2nds left it to the last play of the match to win 25-31.
Playing on a mud bath of a pitch Ross were the strongest in the first half and deserved to go in at the break 14-24. Full back Bas Parker got Ross’ first try first score when Ross were awarded a penalty and fly-half Ryan Keating took a quick tap penalty to pass to Parker to score. Scrum half Craig Powell converted.
Ross continued to dominate despite Hardwick scoring a converted try. Winger Kieran Smith grabbed Ross’ next try after robbing his opposite number in a tackle and he got back to his feet to run the touch line to score. Powell added the extras from out wide.
Harwick scored their 2nd try on the stroke of half time which lifted them and after the break the game shifted in favour of the home team. They kept chipping away until they were awarded a penalty with only 3 minutes remaining and after the ball flew between the sticks, they edged 25-24 in front.
From the restart, Ross managed to secure the ball and put together one final push. With a scrum 10 meters from the try line, No 8 Dan Gould kept full control of the ball and Ross pushed forward to the try line. Gould gathered the ball and went over the line but the ref was unsighted and awarded another scrum for the ball being held up. The next scrum saw Ross awarded a penalty and Keating took another quick tap and just went over the white wash with the last play. Captain Muldowney converted putting the icing on the cake.
It was a dogged performance from Ross who showed some real character to keep their 100% record and remain top of the league. Pete Jarvis had typically good game, but The Drop Inn man of the match was Kieran Smith.