Following a bye in the first round, Ross-Sutherland with home advantage found themselves facing an old adversary in Aberdeen University and looked for revenge following a narrow loss in the league 22 points to 17 just a week ago by way of a last minute try.
Ross-Sutherland started the brighter of the two teams with a quick succession of pick and drives from their forwards putting Aberdeen on the back foot resulting in Aberdeen scrambling the ball clear from there own line. The Ross Sutherland players were up for this cup tie and it was constant pressure that resulted in the games first try with the Ross forwards again securing great ball for the Ross backs to put it through the hands to winger Mike Gordon who showed his pace and in getting a break from his chip kick to beat the Aberdeen full back and run in under the posts. Captain, Stuart Mack converted the kick from in front of the posts to put Ross into a 7-0 lead.
It was then Aberdeen’s turn to ask questions of the Ross defence and with wave after wave of attacks that eventually paid off with Tom Croy picking up from the base of a ruck to go over in the corner. Aberdeen were unable to convert the place kick. Knowing that they were in a fight, Ross-Sutherland responded by moving up a gear and playing 20minutes of great supporting rugby that would see them score the next two tries. The first was big Centre Jake Eaglesham who went over from 5metres out in the right hand corner after a ruck from in front of the posts and quick ball out to the right, Stuart Mack was missed the resulting kick . The second was the result of great work from the Ross backs with Ben Parks showing great quick hands to offload to young flyer Mike Gordon who once again hit the gas to run in under the posts to which Stuart Mack converted with ease and Ross finished off the half 19 points to 5 up on their opponents.
The second half saw a change in fortune for the home side as Aberdeen piled on the pressure to try and stay in the cup. Ross were under the cosh defensively for the majority of the half and were also reduced to 14 men, after Lachie Stewart slipped and tripped an Aberdeen player and was a bit unfortunate to pick up a straight red card and an early bath. The extra man made a difference to Aberdeen and they were able to score two tries from Phil Hodson and Neil Hogg. Both tries were unconverted. It looked as though the game was about to turn Aberdeen’s ways as they were about to go over for a third time but were unable to ground the ball, thanks to a try saving tackle from Ross’s Man of the Match, Gerry Rosie. In the dying seconds Aberdeen were themselves reduced to 14 men as the game became a little heated. However, it was Ross-Sutherland that were able to narrowly come out on top with a 19 points to 15 win that sees them into the Round 3 draw and a home game against Mackie RFC this Saturday, 26th February.
A big crowd is expected for this next round and Head Coach, John Scott was full of praise for his teams performance and looks forward to the tie, saying, “We had 20 minutes of brilliance this afternoon and this is to the players great credit. However, it will take 80 minutes of brilliance to win a competition like this”.
Ross-Sutherland First IV: 1. M.Kennedy 2. A.McLean 3. G.Rosie 4. A.Ansbro 5. L.Stewart 6. T.Rowland 7. R.Waugh 8. K.MacKenzie 9. S.Mack 10. A.Kennedy 11. G.Braddick 12. I.Thompson 13. J.Eaglesham 14. M.Gordon 15. B.Parks subs: D.Kennedy, G.Morrison, F.Dunahar, J.Mann, G.Black, J.Davidson, K.Thomas
Ross-Sutherland ‘Wildcats’ were also in action this past weekend with a friendly against Highland Reds. Although showing some good rugby they were beaten 28-47. With the Ross tries coming from Lewis Sinclair, Kris Thomas, Pete Mackenzie and Jim Rodgers. For a full Wildcats match report go to www.ross-sutherland.com
Ross-Sutherland ‘Wildcats’: 1. P.Mackenzie, 2. G.Black, 3. J.Reed, 4. I.Dickinson, 5. J.Davidson 6. D. Craig, 7. D.Clark 8. J.Dickinson, 9. K.Thomas, 10.J.Mann, 11. G.Faulds, 12. R.Dunahar, 13. A.Bridgeford, 14. D.Mackay, 15. D.Wynne subs: L.Sinclair, A.Cook, C.Gordon, D.Ewen, J.Rodgers