Match Report - 18 Feb 2012, Ross High Rugby Football Club 1st XV beat Forrester
ROSS HIGH 29
Saturdays game was extremely important for both clubs today and it proved to be hotly contested from the start. The game was played in windy conditions so the initial play consisted of a lot of set pieces as a result of many errors and both stand offs kicking for territory.
Ross High stand-off Stuart Ross did well with some good kicks for touch. Scrums went very well for Ross high once again, the front row putting in a lot of hard work backed up by the daunting partnership of Stoddart and Brogan in the second row. The away team was the first side to break the deadlock when one of their backs cut inside from the wing to sneak in for an unconverted score.
However the story of the day as far as the home side was concerned were the tremendous driving mauls, these powerful drives put high close to the Forrester line on more than one occasion. It was after one of these 20 yard drives that the ball was shipped to the backs where Patterson saw space and put flanker Gary Hepburn in to score just before the half, tying the game.
The game really took off in the second half however; Forrester took the initiative to start with driving a maul of their own over the High line in the corner for a score. But High fought back straight away with strong ball carries moving the ball to within five yards of the line. Forrester were awarded a scrum at this point which the Tranent men dominated driving them back and stealing the ball. Strachan then retrieved the ball from the ensuing pile up to then pass to flanker Tam Docherty who had put himself in a great position to drive over and score.
The score line was once again even at 10-10, although Ross High had momentum on their side. As from another driving maul the High pack thundered down the park until No. 8 Ryan Strachan broke out with the ball to run in the remaining 10 yards bursting over the line for a converted try. What followed was another great effort in the scrum stealing the ball to get stopped short of the Forrester line before substitute scrum half David Hughes dived over for another try which R.Hook converted once again. At this point Forrester regrouped to then exert a lot of pressure on the home side.
The pressure increased when two of High’s players A.Hook and Hepburn were harshly sent to the sin Bin for different infringements. For ten minutes the 13 man Ross High side weathered the onslaught, they didn`t give an inch to the Forrester side and with a spirited defence successfully defended their line until they were able to clear. After the home side were back to full strength Ross High capped off another great performance with another try from scrum half Hughes who darted down the wing to score. This put an end to the away teams hopes of a bonus point not long before the final whistle.
Honours of the day must go to the High pack, in particular the back row who all scored and worked tirelessly. Also substitute David Hughes deserves credit making an impact on the game with two tries. Ross High secured all 5 points extending their unbeaten run to 4 games moving to 5th position in the league; they will hope to finish the season on a high with a win in their last game against Duns.
Ross High Rugby Football Club 1st XV 29 - 10 Forrester