Second Half Spirit Saves Ross From Drop

Ross – Sutherland RFC vs. Harris Acad FP
Caledonia League 1
14th May 2011
24 - 22
Ross –Sutherland left it late with a vital 24 point to 22 win over a physical Harris side on Saturday to avoid relegation from Caledonia League 1. Ross-Sutherland had to win the game or not loose by 13 points to secure 9th place in the league. But at half time it was Ross-Sutherland that where set to take the relegation spot as they trailed Harris by 22 points to 3.


Ross-Sutherland again enjoyed great support from the side line as a big crowd turned out to see if the Stags could avoid the drop. Ross were first to test the vocals of the crowd when the were awarded a penalty on the Harris 22 meter line with the kick slotting over thanks to the boot of scrum half Stuart Mack putting the home side 3 points up to nil in Ross-Sutherlands only points of the half.


From there Harris were allowed to get straight back into the game thanks to some un-characteristic ball errors in midfield along with a breakdown in the Ross defence allowing Harris to capitalise on the errors and run in with four un answered tries at the end of the first half. Leaving Ross – Sutherland down by 22 points to 3 and facing relegation if the score was to stay the same.


Ross-Sutherland needed to show some great spirit in the second half if they wanted to get back into this game. With ten minutes gone in the second half it was Big Lachie Stewart who was fist to put his hands up and be counted, getting his hands on a loose ball out the back of a scrum to burst into his large stride splitting the Harris defence to go over for Ross’s first try of the game with Stu Mack’s boot adding the extra 2pts. 
From there Ross went from strength to strength building on some good running rugby, knowing the next score would be vital for both sides it was the Stags that looked the more determined to get it.


The break through came with ten minutes remaining of the half Ross secured quick ball from the base of a scrum, from there Stand off Ali Kennedy went on a weave run with the help of some great dummy running lines from his centres that split the Harris back line allowing Ali Kennedy to go over in the corner the kick was again converted as Stuart Mack’s boot putting the score at 17 points to 22 for the visitors. 


With the game closing in on full time Ross again went on the attack again through great running and offloading game of the Ross forwards making it difficult for the Harris defence with a number of scramble defence tackles being needed. Ross eventually managed to go over once more with a ruck formed on the Harris 5 meter line scrum half Stuart Mack fired out quick ball to Ali Kennedy to go over for his second of the match. It was left to ‘man of the match’ Stu Mack to put the kick over with the game at 22 point a piece, but the kick never looked in doubt as it sailed over between the uprights giving Ross-Sutherland the game 24points to 22 sealing 9th spot in the league with a second half performance of the season.


Ross-Sutherland would like to Thank Ali Ansbro who is stepping down as Club Captain for his hard work over this extremely though season he has continued to show great attitude and commitment setting the bar extremely high for future Captains       
Ross-Sutherland: 1. K. Drain 2. M. Kennedy 3. G .Rosie 4. K. Mackenzie 5. A. Ansbro 6. K. Dalrymple 7. R. Waugh 8. L. Stewart  9. S. Mack 10. A. Kennedy 11. M. Gordon 12. J. J. Eaglesham 13. D. Kennedy 14. G. Braddick 15. B. Parks: subs A. McLean, J. Davidson, K. Thompson, R. Mellis
Ross-Sutherland will be hosting a Sportsman’s dinner this Friday the 20th May to raise funds to upgrade the clubs showers and other facilities as well as purchasing much needed new floodlights details of the event are as follows:

Ross-Sutherland RFC Inaugural Sportsman’s Dinner.
£45 per person, tables available
Venue: Caley Thistle Stadium, Inverness,
Kick off at 7:30pm for 8:00pm
Delicious Three Course meal c/w red and white wines
Two well respected and noted speakers
A Fund raising Auction and Raffle

Come along and enjoy the food, the drink and have some excellent Craic!
Call: 07768 356435 for more details