Match Report

Match Report - 05 Dec 2009, Ross High Rugby Football Club 1st XV beat Hillfoots

Hillfoots RFC 12 v Ross High RFC 16

Ross High put in a hard shift at Tillicoultry on Saturday, showing
lots of courage and determination. The pitch was only just playable,
heavy, continuous rain having fallen for most the 24 hours previous
kick off. The home strip was almost identical as the High's but
apparently the home team only had 12 reserve strips, so the best had
be made of a difficult situation, one, it must be said the referree
handled well.

Ross kicked off down the slanting slope and put Hillfoots under
pressure from the start, having several thrusts at the line, mainly
through the forwards. These were repelled, however, by the stuffy
defence and after a clearance kick from defence Hillfoots took the
through a penalty.

Ross resumed the attack and hammered the Hillfoots' line thanks to
some excellent territorial kicking by stand off Dean Jones and centre
Bob Baillie. Eventually the the elusive score came after a series of
forward drives at the home line, which saw prop Luke Welsh drive
through the centre of the ruck, taking a home defender with him, and
touch down.

Hillfoots were seeing more of the ball and put in some long searching
kicks which, for the most part Ross dealt with comfortably, though
were releaved to see a penaly attempt drift wide. Having survived
scare the visitors put Hillfoots under pressure again and No8 Steven
Ketchin peeled off a ruck on the home line to score. Jones missed
kick and was unlucky with a penalty attempt which hit the left hand
post, but the kicker redeemed himself with a successful penalty to
give Ross a 13 - 3 lead at half time.

The second half, as expected saw Hillfoots rampant down the slope
looking to erase the deficit but throughout the half Ross defended
soundly and were not in the mood to concede the lead. A successful
penalty by Hillfoots saw the gap close but on an attack into
territory Jones snuck a penalty over.

The rest of the half saw Hillfoots flinging everything at High and
were successful with two further penalties and unlucky
with a third which hit the cross bar and rebounded into Ross hands to
make a clearance. The defence held, however and refused to let the
Hillfoots cross their line, although there was one scary moment when
home forward was held up ever so close to the Ross line. Ross
overturned the resultant scrum, and scrum half David Hughes kicked
ball into touch for no-side and 4 welcome away points.

There will be a sponsored Andy Wright car wash after training on

Hillfoots 12 - 16 Ross High Rugby Football Club 1st XV

Tries : Luke Welsh, Steven Ketchin
Conversions :
Penalties : Dean Jones(2)
Drop Goals :