Ross on wye 22 Old Cryptians 7
Ross edged a hard fought encounter last Saturday against promotion rivals Old Cryptians, with Cirencester losing to Cheltenham north Ross opened up a nine point gap to third place Cirencester as they chase one of the top two automatic promotion places. The result of this game was critical for both sides and the first quarter as a result was a nervy affair, however it was Ross who eventually opened the scoring as lock forward Chris Price barged through two tackles and had enough momentum to get the ball down on the try line, Thai Hayward converted and Ross were 7-0 ahead . Clean breaks where rare as both defences held the upper hand for the remainder of the half but a further penalty from Thai Hayward saw Ross go into the break 10-0 to the good. The visitors hit back straight after the break with a converted score and 10-7 it was game on for both sides.
Finally at the end of the third quarter Ross pushed further ahead, from a penalty Thai Hayward kicked for the corner giving Ross a five metre lineout, Josh Walker rose to take the ball offloaded to Casey Morgan who fed hooker Josh Element who crashed over to score, a well executed training ground move. Thai could not add the two but Ross where 15-7 ahead.
Cryptians tried to hit back but the Ross defence to a man held firm and Ross put the icing on the cake with a late Bas Parker score to see Ross home with a 22-7 victory.
The Perfect Choice man of the match was number eight Dale Brooke who carried the ball tirelessly into the heart of the visitor defence.
Next Saturday Ross are away in Bristol to Old Elizabethans a 2.30pm kick off.