Tewkesbury 2nds 51 – 34 Ross 2nds
A depleted Ross 2nds travelled to Tewkesbury 2nds and put in a performance to be proud of but ended up on the end of a 51-34 loss.
Ross were in excellent form in the first half running in 4 tries to Tewkesbury’s 2. Second row Wes Parker was unstoppable in scoring Ross’ first points running in from 35 meters despite 3 players trying to drag him down. Joe Muldowney converted. No 8 Dan Gould was next to score finding a gap in the Tewkesbury defence to go in under the posts. Ryan Keating converted.
Tewkesbury hit back with a converted try just after Ross had thought they’d scored again when winger Guy Pearson went over but he was adjudged to have put a foot on the sideline. Guy did get his just rewards when a succession of phases led to the Ross backs getting the ball wide for Guy to score. Tewkesbury again scored under the posts and then again out wide, but Dan Gould put Ross’ noses back in front with an unconverted try.
The 2nd half started much the same as the first. Tewkesbury scored but Ross again put themselves ahead when full-back Ryan Keating chased a long punt forward and when the ball went out of play, he had presence of mind to intercept an attempted quick throw in and he went on to score.
Tewkesbury never gave up and on 65mins put the scores level at 34-34. They were then able to kick on the final quarter to score a couple more times as the Ross side were almost dead on their feet after an enthralling battle against the extra numbers that Tewkesbury had.
Youngster Skylar Lilly was outstanding on the flank, as was scrum-half Sam Griffiths. The Drop Inn man of the match did however go to Wes Parker with his strong running with ball in hand and superb tackling.