Match Report - 28 Nov 2009, Ross High Rugby Football Club 1st XV lost to Hawick Linden
Ross High rfc 15 v Hawick Linden 16
Ross High kicked off against their Border visitors and within 3 minutes found themselves 3 points down thanks to a penalty converted from almost half way by the visiting centre. Another penalty was awarded to Linden shortly afterwards in a much easier position, but strangely they changed kickers and the ball swung wide of the left hand post. At this stage Ross were finding it a bit difficult handling the lively visiting forwards and conceded another penalty which was sucessfully converted by a third kicker!
Having been slow to start the Tranent forwards began to use their size advantage and effectively used the slope to push the Hawick lads back into their 22. There was a period which saw some lovely forward play with good inter passing and a just reward came, when after several attempts Steven Ketchin picked up from the base of the scrum and drove over. The try was not converted.
This seemed to give the Ross some self belief, especially forward wise and they again trundled down the park to encamp in the Linden 22. The try looked to be coming when, after good ball was presented by the forwards, centre Lee Waterston darted through but was held up short of the line. The pressure, however, eventually told and after another series of driving rucks, prop Luke Welsh put his side ahead minutes before half time and Graeme Bennion secured the extra points. Almost from the re-start Hawick had pulled 3 points back with a drop goal right on the half time whistle.
Half Time : 12 - 9
Ross went immediately onto the attack, the forwards picking and driving at every opportunity, but if anything it was too far from the opponents' line to be really effective. This was the pattern for most of the half but all Ross had to show for it was a successful penalty by Bennion. For most of the half the Hawick saw little of the ball and had to defend, which they did manfully. When winger Bennion missed a penalty more or less straight on and well within his distance there was a nervous feeling going round the support and, lo' and behold, with
only minutes remaining Hawick scored! Almost the first time they saw
good ball, the scrum half moved the ball swiftly to his No10 who took advantage of the High's defence coming up too fast, stepped through a gap, fed his centre who made ground and fed his partner centre, who in turn scored close to the posts. The score was converted.
Ross immediately came back at Linden but there was insufficient time, and a game that was there for the taking, was lost.
Ross High Rugby Football Club 1st XV 15 - 16 Hawick Linden