Match Report - 13 Oct 2007, Ross High Rugby Football Club 2nd XV beat FALKIRK
Ross High travelled to Falkirk looking to get the positive start to the season back on track after defeats in the last 2 matches. As a result, Ross High had slipped to 4th in the table and were only twp points above their hosts.
Ross High kicked off and exerted some pressure on the home side but with little cutting edge as the vastly smaller visiting pack struggled to compete in the forwards.
Against the run of play, Falkirk broke up the field and used their superior forwards strength to rumble over in the corner and open the scoring. The 2 points were added.
Not to be deterred, Ross continued to apply pressure but their tactic of keeping it tight in the forwards was proving fruitless. To their credit, they won a penalty and Craig Patterson opened their account by adding the 3 points.
Sam Hood showed that he was coming to terms with his new No 8 position as he looked more confident and assured under pressure. This lead to Ross High's opening try as he picked up well at the base of the scrum and drew in the defence to set Graham Duff - who was doing a fine job filling in at Scrum Half for Barry Scott - away for a well worked try. Patterson again added the points. He also added a penalty shortly after.
The remainder of the first half continued in much the same fashion with the home side dominating the forwards exchanges and the tempo of the game slowed down to a crawl. With only minutes to go in the half, Falkirk managed to double their try tally and add the kick to take a half time lead of 14 – 13.
The second half started in much the same way with Ross High continuing to try the forwards route. Duff sustained an injury, which meant Ross High had to switch the untried Ashurst to Scrum Half and this was to prove a match-winning switch as some quick thinking by the youngster from a free kick saw him beat the defence single handedly and run in a try from 60 metres. Craig kept his spotless kicking record in tact with the conversion.
Ross High were finally taking a grip of the match and Ashurst added his seventh try of the season with his now trademark evasive running and Craig yet again added the conversion and kept his 100% record for the match, to leave the score at 27-14 with 10 minutes remaining.
The last few minutes proved a nervy affair as Falkirk managed to hit back after the Ross High defence missed no fewer than four tackles to allow the Falkirk back row player a try under the posts.
The visitors held on for their 5th win of the season and only their second win on the road in 3 years. A solid performance from the side but this victory could have been a lot easier if Ross High attacked Falkirk’s weakness’ rather than trying to take them on in their main strength.
FALKIRK 21 - 27 Ross High Rugby Football Club 2nd XV