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RUGBY UNION: Ross praises teammates for prolific kicking
Gordon Ross says much credit for his remarkable kicking form should go to his London Welsh teammates.
The fly half has landed 33 kicks in a row in the Greene King IPA Championship, a run that goes back to the opening day of the season.
Since missing four of his first five attempts against Bedford Blues, Welsh’s player-coach has slotted 17 penalties and 16 conversions.
“I work hard in training and always will, but I must give a lot of praise to the guys who are winning the penalties.
“I would imagine it is the best run that I have had.
“I have not kept the stats, but it must be up there in my career.
“It is just part and parcel of the game for me as a ten and a kicker.
“I and we still have things to work on.”
Asked whether he might now target 40 in a row, Ross replied: “I will be happy just to take it to 34.”
The former Scotland international also ‘revealed’ a tactic that has helped him achieve his recent success.
Ross said: “I do speak to my wingers and tell them that if they score under the posts they’ll get rewarded,” said Ross.
“Obviously I continue to put the work in during the week to make sure I’m mentally and physically prepared.
“Hopefully these storms which are forecast stay away and I can continue the run if I’m kicking this weekend.”
Ross was satisfied with Welsh’s performance in last week’s 41-6 home victory over Cornish Pirates, but knows their best form needs to come at the end of the season.
“We are quite pleased with how we played at the weekend,” said Ross.
“There was a good amount of pace and intensity.
“We managed to move the ball around the pitch pretty well.
“We realised the need to peak at the right time a couple of years ago when we won the Championship.
“We had a dodgy period around Christmas when we lost a few matches, but then we came on strong.
“With the culture we are trying to create, it would be great if we can keep winning as much as possible.
“If we can keep improving and raising our standards, we should be ok.”
Ross is one of five players in the Welsh squad to have appeared for tomorrow’s opponents Leeds, with whom he won the Powergen Cup in 2005 and was voted man-of-the-match in the final.
He said: “I always enjoy going back to Leeds. I have great memories of my time there.”
Meanwhile, Leeds’ former London Welsh back Jonah Holmes will not be facing his ex-teammates tomorrow as he has been recalled by parent club London Wasps.
Holmes started at Scrum half for the Exiles in their Premiership opener against Leicester last season and later helped Henley win the National 2 South title.
Leeds head coach James Lowes said: “We have got players who can cover for Jonah. However he has been fantastic for us this season and we wish him well.”
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