Match Report - 03 Oct 2009, Ross High Rugby Football Club 1st XV lost to Aberdeenshire
The three 20 feet long branches that crashed to the ground at the sidelines were evidence that this game should not have been played! 50- 60 mile an hour gusts of wind blowing straight down the pitch made rugby almost impossible.
Ross High had the wind at their backs in the first half and obviously intended to use the elements to pressurise ‘Shire. Unfortunately the practice did not match up to the intension and the Tranent men gave away too much possession, allowing their hosts to relieve any pressure with relative ease. In fact, after 10 minutes they found themselves 7 points down when Aberdeenshire outside centre broke through and fed his right winger who ran through three tackle attempts to touch down behind the posts. The home stand -off converted into the gale.
Ross went straight onto the offensive but by the 30 minute mark found themselves 19 points down thanks to tries by the left wing and another from the first try scorer. The latter of the two tries was converted.
Finding themselves 19 points down and with the wind to contend with in the second half things did not look good for High. However with typical stubbornness the Ross High forwards decided to establish a grip on the game. They closed the ‘Shire attacks down and slowly but surely drove into the wind , keeping the play tight. However on the hour mark that defence cracked and a try was run in at the corner.
The visitors continued to compete manfully and started to dominate the forward play, pushing and driving ‘Shire towards their line. It was at this stage that Aberdeenshire were showing some concern and a total of twelve penalties were awarded against them at the rucks. Unfortunately, for Ross High, the referee did not see fit to award any yellow cards for these continued offences .
With about 10 minutes to play and after some heroic work in defence, High spilled a ball when trying to bludgeon their way up field and the ‘Shire big centre pounced and ran in at a great angle to score. The try was converted.
The Ross pack were still in control when the ball was tight and they were rewarded for their persistence and scored by driving over, Chris Tinlin claiming the touch down. From the kick off Ross seemed to be blinded by the low sun and allowed the ball to reach touch . From the resultant line out Aberdeenshire scrambled the closing score to give a score line which, as the referee said post match, was a bit flattering to ‘Shire.
Aberdeenshire 38 - 5 Ross High Rugby Football Club 1st XV