Huw Bellamy goes over for four tries as Ross-on-Wye crush Gloucester All Blues (From Hereford Times)
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Huw Bellamy goes over for four tries as Ross-on-Wye crush Gloucester All Blues
FLY-HALF Huw Bellamy has already taken his season’s try tally to eight but admits that Ross on-Wye face their biggest challenge of the campaign at Old Cryptians this Saturday.
Bellamy bagged a first-half hat-trick in his four-try display against Gloucester All Blues as the third-placed Herefordshire side stormed to their fourth successive league win, at Greytree.
Ross led 43-3 at the interval and ran in 12 tries altogether last weekend against an All Blues side, who had a good 20-minute spell in the second period.
But Old Cryptians will be a much tougher prospect – they are top of South West Division Gloucester Two, with four wins from four, after crushing Westbury, 50-9.
Bellamy said: “I only scored one try last season so to get eight already is a bit of a shock.
“Playing at fly-half allows me to see a bit more of the ball and the All Blues players fell off a lot of tackles and, at times, seemed to lose a bit of interest.
“I didn’t have to do much for my tries – I just finished off the excellent work from others.”
He added: “It has been a good start but Old Cryptians and Bredon Star have also won four from four.
“Old Cryptians have a lot of new faces with players from Old Patesians so it will be our hardest game and a good marker to see where we are in this league.”
Former women’s captain Cassie Holdsworth and club stalwart Keith Scrivens made the trip to Westbury to get a glimpse of the opposition that Ross will be facing this weekend.
The result of last Saturday’s match at Greytree was never in doubt after Ross opened up the visiting defence at will and bagged five tries inside the opening 30 minutes.
Ross demolished All Blues in the scrum and the line-out and the visitors’ only reward was a 10th-minute penalty from Gavin Worrall and a second-half try from Jason Edwards.
There was a lengthy stoppage after a visiting player suffered a suspected neck injury and was stretchered off in the second half. But the player walked to the changing rooms after treatment.
New forwards coach Nick Rawlings believes the future looks bright for Ross.
“I am really enjoying it so far this year – lots of young lads putting in a lot of effort,” said Rawlings, an Ross and Cinderford player, who was at Drybrook last season. “We’ve got to work hard and work hard on our defence.
“We’ve had a few injuries to key players but if we keep the squad together I think we will do well in this league.” Gavin Oates ran through to score the first try after four minutes, with former Berry Hill player Dan Field converting.
Ollie Floyd danced down the left-hand touchline for the second after Ross had won a scrum against the head. Bellamy then scored two tries in a minute and Floyd added his second try, with Field converting all three to put Ross 33-3 ahead.
Seventeen-year-old Chris Thomas bagged his maiden first-team try, chesting down the ball deep inside his own half before picking up and surging through.
Bellamy completed his hat-trick in the 33rd minute, finishing off a bursting run and off-load from the impressive Field.
Scrum-half Gareth Holdsworth broke through for Ross’ eighth try seven minutes into the second period and a three-figure scoreline appeared on the cards.
However, Ross were probably guilty of trying to be too elaborate with the ball at times and were frustrated by a lengthy injury stoppage and improved visiting defence .
The hosts managed four further tries – Bellamy, Ali Rees, Tom Harris and Craig Smith all crossing.
Craig Powell kicked two conversions before Craig Boughton raised his arms in delight after slotting the final two points of the afternoon.
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