Cheltenham North 23 - 22 Ross 1sts

April 13, 2019 - 3:00 pm

Cheltenham North 23 Ross on wye 22

Ross finished the regular season with a narrow defeat as Cheltenham converted a late penalty to snatch victory and automatic promotion behind Ross who ended the season as league champions .it was the hosts who dominated the opening quarter scoring two early tries to open up a 10-0 lead,it could have been more but for some great scrambling defence and a Thai Hayward penalty late in the half saw Ross go into the break 10-3 down.Ross got a well earned early score in the second half after scrum half Ben Element crashed over to score from a ruck five metres out after some strong running from Casey Morgan Gavin Oates and Louis Morgan had got Ross deep into the hosts twenty two ,and at 10-8 Ross were back in the game ,Chelteham hit back again with another two quick scores opening up what looked like an unassailable 20-8 lead ,but Ross dug deep with the lineout and scrum now in the ascendancy Ross were able to get great field position ,they kept patient and held their nerve ,captain Casey morgan got the next try which was converted by Thai to put Ross 20-15 down with ten minutes to go ,sustained pressure from Ross finally bore fruit when fly half Thai Hayward crashed over to score wide out on the left ,he nailed a great touchline conversion to put Ross 22-20 ahead with 5 minutes on the clock ,but a last minute infringement by Ross gave Cheltenham a kickable penalty which they converted to snatch victory in the last minute 23-22.