Match Report - 10 Oct 2009, Ross High Rugby Football Club 1st XV beat Trinity Accies
Ross High RFC 23 v Trinity RFC 9
Ross High got off to the best possible start on Saturday, when only minutes after the kick-off, stand off Dean Jones hoisted a high ball which was mis-fielded by a Trinity defender straight into the arms of winger Michael Patterson who sped in to score. The try was converted.
This would have seemed an ideal position from which to take advantage of a rattled Trinity side, but Ross failed to capitalise and saw very little ball for the next 10 minutes. It was Trinity who were vitalised by the early reverse and it says a lot about determined High defence which saw them concede only 3 points from a drop goal by the visiting stand off.
The game became a struggle mostly in the middle of the pitch with neither side managing to string passes together to any telling effect. Perhaps after the early success from the high up and under, Ross High decided to continue with this tactic but unfortunately, while the kick was reasonable, there were no chasers, with the exception of scrum half David Hughes, and possession was given away. Indeed, towards the end of the half three scoring possibilities were given away by aimless kicking. In amongst all this the home side had added another 3 points from a penalty converted by Jones.
On the stroke of half time, Ross had a line out five metres out. The ball was put to the front of the line where the Trinity lock got in to steal the ball with a tap down. The ball bounced loose and Ross prop Chris Tinlin was first react, pouncing on it to score. Jones added the extra points.
Half time : 17 - 3
The second half started with Trinity kicking deep down the slope and pinning the High on their line. To relieve the pressure Ross ran a beautiful movement from their line with the ball passing through several pairs of hands, finishing 10 metres short of the Trinity line with a penalty against Ross for holding. Unfortunately, this was the best and last piece of attractive rugby in the game, as it descended into an ugly dull maul, with very little movement to excite either set of supporters.
In the event, the two kickers swapped a brace of penalties apiece and that, as they say, was that.
From the home team’s viewpoint a win must be seen as a win and 4 valuable points. They will, however acknowledge that they must play with more determination and awareness if the season is to be regarded as a successful one. Adam Hook in the backs showed up well, putting in some good tackles and attempting decent angles in attack. In the forwards Chris Tinlin put in a good shift, rounding it off with that try. On the down side, it looks like Steven Henderson could be out for a while after hyper extending his knee. Hopefully a speedy recovery.
Ross High Rugby Football Club 1st XV 23 - 9 Trinity Accies