Match Report - 14 Jan 2012, Ross High Rugby Football Club 1st XV lost to Portobello
ROSS HIGH: 11
Tries: Steven Ashurst Penalties: Ryan Hook x2
This was a crucial must win game for Ross High in terms of turning around a disappointing season. However it proved to be a game that Ross would rather forget with Portobello coming out on top as convincing winners. High started brightly with stand-off R. Hook kicking two penalties as a result of early infringements from the Portobello side.
Taking an early 6-0 lead High tried to push on however the home side hit back with a try from their stand-off who broke through the midfield defence because of a costly missed tackle. At 7-6 the game was close, but High capitalised at this point when Strachan disrupted a driving maul stealing possession before offloading to Henderson who was in support. Quick ball came from the breakdown at the end of Henderson’s run which allowed for the backs to shift the ball wide to Steven Ashurst. Ashurst then sprinted through a gap to finish a great piece of attacking play by the away team with a try. However Portobello hit back not long after with a try before the half. The game was close at half time with the score at 14-11 in favour of the home side.
After a close first half it was all one way traffic with Portobello doing all the scoring in the second half. Ross High has been plagued with lapses in concentration all season and this game was no exception after good play in the first half the team allowed Portobello to dictate the game and dominate the scrum in particular. A very poor Ross scrum meant they did not have a platform to start or continue any decent attacking efforts. This as well as poor tackling especially in the second half was Highs downfall, therefore the Tranent team continues its poor run of form.
There were some good individual performances in the game, in particular flanker Christopher Miller, however Ross High will aim to collectively perform well as a team in future games starting with the next home game against Berwick.
Portobello 39 - 11 Ross High Rugby Football Club 1st XV