Old Elizabethans 15 Ross on wye 34
A first quarter hat trick from centre Gareth Holdsworth secured another win for Ross and with rivals for the top spot Cheltenham North losing to Dursley, Ross have now opened up a four point cushion at the top of the table with five games remaining.
It was the hosts who opened the scoring after five minutes with a penalty then Thai Hayward brought Ross level at 3-3 minutes later. Territory and possession at this stage were even however, within ten minutes Ross had opened up a 24-3 lead. First centre Dan Field broke through in midfield and timed his pass perfectly to put fellow centre Gareth Holdsworth into score and within minutes they were further ahead as again Dan field broke clear and once again timed his pass perfectly for Gareth to get his second. It only took another five minutes before he added is third and Ross were 24-3 to the good. A late score by the hosts saw Ross go into the break 24-10 ahead.
The hosts lost two front rowers early in the second half and this took a bit of the physical intensity out of the game. Ross had been dominant at scrum time and going uncontested did not benefit them one bit as the game lost a bit of structure and both sides were making line breaks but these were too often followed with unforced errors. Ross did add another try as Luke Mair raced through to score and he touched down again soon after but somehow the referee said he was unsighted and gave a knock Captain Casey Morgan added a fifth in the last quarter after some punishing carries from Josh Element, Louis Morgan and Josh Walker got Ross within five yards of the try line for the captain to crash over. The hosts did hit back with another try but Ross closed the game out 34-15 staying top of the table.
Ross have a week off next Saturday but are back in league action on the 2nd March away to Southmead in Bristol a 2.30pm kick off