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Match report - Ross On Wye vs OC

OCs went to Ross looking to extend their unbeaten start and end another teams perfect record, being the only side to beat both Old Es and Minchinhampton. Confidence was high after putting 72 on Minch and with a round of bacon rolls at Park One the boys set off for the long journey to Ross knowing it has not always been a happy hunting ground.

Ross kicked off and after a decent contest for the high ball the OCs took possession, 3 phases later James Wilson glided past a mismatch on the halfway, beat another man before drawing the fullback and setting Isa on his way to try line. Conversion missed, but 2 minutes gone 5-0. That was the last time the might Cs saw the ball for 25 mins and with Ross camped in the 22 and, the OCs down to 14 after Bagley took a team yellow, Ross eventually managed a pen for their efforts 5-3. The OCs then gained a bit of territory for the second time in the match and Haynes slotted a pen after a tip tackle on Alex Michaels which saw Ross down to 14 men. Following the kick off again smart work and a few phases later the OCs ripped apart the Ross defence and Tom Child strolled in under the posts. Half-time 15-3 with about 20% possession and 10% territory!!!

Message at half time was to try and control the game, get some territory and cut out pens (even if it seemed the large crowd was affecting some of the decision making). We all know what will happen next. Early pen for Ross, kick to the corner, rolling maul, conversion missed though, 15-8. The game then got really scrappy, more yellows for both teams. Clow seemingly getting one for falling over someone. Ross clearly trying to put the boys off their game. It was working though, more Ross pressure saw their 10 go in under the posts, 15-15 each with under 20 to go. And then the real fun started.

From the kick off Terry turned up, hit one of the Ross front row with a stiff arm, arguably in his chest but no doubt a yellow, and was walking off before the ref even came over and the OCs were down to 13. The game was getting more and more disrupted and a mass brawl saw the ref threaten to abandon the match. Luckily stand in skipper Kieran Laxen used his legendary negotiating skills to keep things going.  Less than 10 to play and the OCs finally cleared their lines and put some pressure on Ross. A poor clearance kick saw Wilson spread it wide to Baller who moved it on to Laxen, he cut in smartly and fed Wilson looping round the outside to go in under the posts. Big relief and celebrations, still 3 minutes to play and time for the OCs to miss touch with a pen and cause a flew flutters. The final play saw the best image of the afternoon. The Ross winger with lots of space clearly thought he’d go round Farmer, during the smothering tackle it actually looked like Farmer was going to swallow the winger…whole.

Overall a tough match with a big crowd and lots of provocation. Lesser OCs side might have crumbled and despite not really playing well or even getting going at any point the boys showed great heart and character to find a way to win. Good performances from the front row collective, Dan E and Alex Michaels in the backrow. Tom C and James W cut them apart in attack and the defensive effort was fantastic across the team, if a little disorganised at times. But MoM goes to the old grey haired winger Laxen, who finally showed up this season and brought a bit of calm to proceedings as well as running hard and putting in Wilson for the winning score.

Final score 22 – 15

Tries: Isa Ghaidan, Tom Child, James Wilson Cons: Alex Haynes 2 Pens: Alex Haynes YC: Nigel Bagley, James Clow, Sam Sowden