Broad Plain 0 Ross on wye 31
Ross had to dig deep in Bristol last Saturday to eventually wear down a spirited Broad Plain side, running in four second half tries to secure another bonus point win. With promotion rivals Smiths losing 13-12, Ross extended their lead at the top of the table to 9 points. The score line might indicate an easy victory but the first half was dominated by the hosts as Ross gave away too many penalties that enabled Broad plain to pin Ross back in their own half for most of the first period.
The Ross defence however held firm with Luke Ward, Louise Morgan and Casey Morgan time after time scything down the Broad Plain runners for all their possession they never really looked like scoring. It was from a rare incursion into the Broad plain half that saw Ross take the lead, the tight five delivered solid ball from the scrum and number eight Gavin Oates burst from the back before the Broad plain back row could react and he was away and clear to score under the posts. Full-back Thai Hayward converted and Ross saw out the half 7-0 ahead.
Ross were far more professional and clinical after the break, they cut out the penalty infringements and were much improved in keeping hold of the ball, with a steady stream of possession and territory and it was inevitable that the tries would come.
The hosts infringed which enabled Matt King to put Ross deep into the opponents twenty two and from the lineout the Ross pack set up the driving maul which Broad plain had no answer and Josh Element crashed over to score. This put Ross 12-0 ahead and within minutes captain Casey Morgan added another again from a well-constructed driving maul which saw winger PJ Muldowney beat his opposite number and off load to Morgan to score. Hayward added the two and Ross were 19-0 clear with 25 mins remaining.
The bonus point try came as the game entered the last quarter – the hosts knocked on near half way and scrum-half Ben Element reacted to claim the ball moving it quickly right, quick hands from AJ and Dan Field put Gavin Oates clear and his touchline run saw him score in the corner putting Ross 24-0 ahead. Just before full time scrum half replacement Marcus Barnard added another after a trademark mazy run saw him tip toe through the Broad plain defence to score. Hayward added the two and Ross were home and dry 31-0 winners.
Next Saturday 3rd Feb Ross are at home a 2.30pm kick off so come down and support your local team at Greytree.