Ross Show Heart to Secure Bonus Point Win
By David Kennedy
Ross were made to dig deep in the second half to secure a bonus point win
Ross Sutherland were made to work hard at home against a spirited Aberdeen uni medic’s side but a spirited second half from the home side seen them run out victorious with a bonus point win.
For the second match in a row Ross made a strong start a trait not normally associated with the home side. From the kick off veteran 2nd row David Gill burst through the Medic first line of defence to go on a rampaging run but was brought down 5meters short of the try line but it set the platform of the Ross attack, and the home side did not have to wait long for their first try of the game. A dominate forward pack continued to make yards in the Medic half and young number 8 Tom Bannerman picked up from the base of a ruck 5meters out to muscle over for the try with John Mann adding the extras 7-0.
Aberdeen Uni Medics were struggling to cope with the Ross pack in loose play and the scrum, Ross did not have to wait long for their second try of the game . Ross won a scrum 10 meters from the medic try line a drove the medic back over there try line for Tom Bannerman to drop down on the ball for his second John Mann again adding the conversion. 14-0.
Aberdeen Uni Medic’s responded well and started to get hands on the ball and were moving the ball well to a mobile set of backs and when the Medic full-back was taken high in a covering tackle by Ali Kennedy as he was running in for a try in the corner the ref had no choice but to show the Ross captain a yellow and award the visitors a penalty try. Under new law chance this year that is a direct award of 7pts with no conversion required. 14-7.
From there the Medic’s went from strength to strength and took full advantage of the extra man. With some poor defending from the home team Aberdeen Uni Medics ran in another 2 try’s and converted one taken the lead 14-17.
With the Ross captain now back on the field the home team were awarded a penalty just before the end of the half John Mann showed a cool head to slot it thorough the post ending the half all square 17-17.
Early in the second half Ross again looked to put pressure on the Medic’s pack with continually rolling forward attacks. This would prove to be the key for Ross Sutherlands 3rd try of the game. The Ross pack went through phases of attacks sucking in medic defenders, ross were able to ship quick ball out to their backs and winger Kenny Horsfield showed great speed to beat his opposite winger and with a neat off load out of the tackle into the hand of Ross full-back John Mann to run in for the try out wide. John Mann was unable to add the conversion. 22 - 17.
With gritted determination from the home side to build their way back into the match against a stubborn Medic’s side. But it was again the home team to get on the score sheet again through centre Ross Mellis. The Ross forwards would again provide the platform and patient build-up play to get within 5 meters of the Medic’s line with quick ball from the base of the ruck the centre would run in and ride the tackle over the line to secure the bonus point with John Mann adding the extras. 29-17.
But the away side were not finished yet and again managed to hit back with a converted score from there forward pack with their second row finishing off a pick and drive from the back of a line-out, this match was far from over at 29 - 22.
Ross hit back quickly through the boot of John Mann adding a penalty. 32-22. Ross would then have the final score of the game on the 75 minutes putting the match beyond the visitors. Returning back row Ruaridh Waugh took a quick tap and go on the medic 22 beating two defenders to pop the ball to scrum half David Kennedy who beat the last man to cross for the final score of the game John Mann again added the conversion. Final score 39 -22.
Team Manager Stuart Mack added; “We made an excellent start to the game with good intensity and tempo and Aberdeen Uni Medic’s struggled to cope. It was disappointing to let them back into the game during that middle period but an impressive final 20m minutes allowed us to close the game out well, I though the forwards were fantastic today dominating the set piece and in the loose, hopefully they can take that form into next week home game against Deeside”.
Starting XV: 1.Kevin Drain, 2.Murray Kennedy, 3.Aonghas MacIver, 4. David Gill, 5.John Reid, 6.Euan Mackenzie, 7.Ruaridh Waugh, 8.Tom Bannerman, 9.David Kennedy, 10.Ali Kennedy, 11.William Mackenzie, 12.Andrew Bridgford, 13.Ross Mellis, 14.Kenny Horsfield, 15. John Mann. Subs: Iain Henderson, Mitchell Mcspadden, Stuart Sproul, Shaun McGowan, Ed Walling, Jacob McCormick
Photo by Peter Carson
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