North Bristol 12 Ross on wye 17
Ross bagged their first league win this season on the road with a last minute Ben Element try seeing them across the line with a 17-12 victory. Playing on a synthetic 3G pitch, the first quarter was dominated by the hosts, they retained possession of the ball well and were able to exert continued pressure on the Ross defence, but they could not find a way through a well marshalled Ross defence as they absorbed attack after attack
By the end of the first quarter the game was still scoreless and as Ross began to get a grip on the game they were able to open the scoring with Ben Element finishing off a series of pick and drives from the Ross pack. Thai Hayward could not add the two but Ross found themselves 5-0 up after 30 minutes. Their lead however did not last long as the hosts after some more sustained pressure finally found a chink in the Ross defence to score which was converted and at the break Ross were behind 7-5.
Both sides had their share of territory and possession in the third quarter but it was the Ross pack who were able to deliver some dents in the hosts defence with their strong and direct running with ball in hand and it was from a series of strong surges that led to Gavin oates crashing over to put Ross ahead which Matt king added the two and Ross were 12-7 ahead. As in the first half the hosts hit back at the end of the third quarter with a try and the game entered a nervy last quarter with the scores level at 12-12. Both sides had time in their opponents twenty two, but it was Ross who were able to hold their nerve and with just a minute left on the clock scrum half Ben Element dived over from the base of a ruck a few metres from the line to give Ross the crucial winning score. There was time for the restart but this was secured by Ross and they kicked the ball out of play to secure the win 17-12.
It would be difficult to pick a man of the match as the win was secured by a strong performance from the Ross pack, so the Bosse interspices man of the match goes to the Ross forward pack. Ross’ next home match is on the 20th October a 3pm kick off against unbeaten Old Colstonians from Bristol.