Ross II 41 CCSRFC II 10
Two tries in the final 10 minutes for Service provided a deserved reward for their endeavours in the autumn sunshine on a day of running rugby.
Ross dominated the first half despite strong scrummaging and good lineout work from Service alongside some tough tackling from debutant Mark Poulton and veteran Rich Wilkes. When Service managed to secure good ball, the back division ran well, exploiting the firm surface.
The well-drilled home pack continued to dominate the breakdown after half-time, but Service kept working hard and eventually released their open field runners to secure territorial superiority in the second period.
Service’s first try came when Rich Wilkes cut back inside to touch down on first-phase ball following a 5 metre scrum; with the second following soon after when Lewis Hudson fed his brother Arron to bundle over in the corner.
Another day when the 2s were only 10% off securing the win – big plusses for heart and determination, with Francis Cole once more putting in a good shift and Andy Meade looking increasingly at home in a Service shirt. Bring on Coney Hill next week – VLS
MoM Rich Wilkes – running and tackling throughout
DoD The Ross winger for falling over and failing to touch down whilst being “chased” by David Trigg