Match Report - 17 Nov 2007, Ross High Rugby Football Club 2nd XV lost to FORRESTERS
Ross High travelled to league leaders Forrester who had only lost one match so far this season and were averaging 58 points per game so this was going to be a very tall order for the men from Tranent.
The match was surrounded in confusion from the start as the visitors turned up to prepare for a 13:00 kick off only to be told when they got there that the kick off was to be 12:30. As this did not allow the visitors a sufficient warm up, kick off was delayed until closer to the 13:00 mark.
The forwards pack was a bit disjointed with Peters hooking and Brogan throwing in at the line out, the back line that was fielded was as strong as has taken the field all season. The pack were however to control the early exchanges and as Forrester looked to punch most things up tight around the breakdown, Craig Johnstone made several tackles to prevent any scoring opportunities.
As the first half went on, the visitors grew in confidence and competed well at the breakdown. They didn’t have much opportunity to show what they could do in attack but the defence was resolute and this was epitomised by Davis making 3 try saving tackles against back row players that were beginning to show their class.
On the 20 minute mark, the Ross high defence was breached and the try was converted, however, the visitors did not let this deter them and continued playing with character. The half time whistle blew on 25 minutes to the surprise of everyone and after some negotiation between Dave Cribbes, The referee and the Forresters 2 coaches, it was agreed to play another 15 minutes. During that time, Forresters slotted a penalty to take a half time lead of 10-0.
The second half kicked off and the temperature of the match was rising as the home crowd were becoming increasingly vocal in their support. Paul Herron and Dave Welsh rose to the challenge and made some superb carries to drive their team forward however Ross High received a sucker punch when the home side scored to extend their lead to 15 – 0.
Not to be deterred deterred, Ross High came surging back and although they were dealt a blow with a shoulder injury to Davis, they had the luxury of replacing him with Steven Ashurst. Shortly after this, Ross high were defending their own line and Stuart Ross won possession and mounted an attack. In what can only be describes a “Barbarians” style rugby, Craig Patterson outpaced his opposite man and the ball was fed through nothing short of 12 sets of hands to give Barry Scott a 1 on 1 ith the full back from 25 meters out, Scott showed his pace to arc round the full back and the deficit was cut to 15 – 7.
Ross High had their tails up now and launched several attacks from the back but some were to prove fruitless as a tiring pack failed to keep up with the backs pace at times. An opportunity was to arise shortly after as they backs sued some quick ball for Ross and Ashurst to exploit a 2 on 1 in the corner and allow Ash to score his 9th try in 10 games and leave the score at 15 – 12 with 20 mins left to play.
The Home side however, showed that they were not top of this league for nothing and hit back straight away as Huish, who was playing in the back row, fielded the kick off and passed deep to Hood. Unfortunately the pass went to deck and was not tidied up. As a result, Forrester won possession and extended the lead once again.
Although Ross High conceded another try towards then end of the match to go down 27 – 12, this was a match that showed far greater desire and determination than has been shown in recent weeks. If this is the kind of performance they can produce against the top of the table side, next weeks trip to Watsonians should be a cracker.
FORRESTERS 27 - 12 Ross High Rugby Football Club 2nd XV