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Anyone expecting to find Gordon Ross basking in the glory of his match winning heroics against London Scottish is likely to be severely disappointed.

Such Boy’s Own heroics with the last kick of the game are merely all in a day’s work for the former Scotland international, who broke Scottish hearts at Old Deer Park on Saturday to give Welsh a 18-16 victory in the ‘Battle of the Exiles’.

Of course, it wasn’t the first time Ross has performed such late heroics for Welsh, as Bedford know only too well, however, on Saturday a bang on the head would play an uncredited but crucial supporting role in events that followed.

“You’ve got to back yourself to get it, and thankfully I’d had a bang on the head and couldn’t remember too much, which made it easier for me,” said Ross.

“Apparently I was questioning my team-mates as to what the score was and how they got their try.

“When I asked Simon Whatling how they scored I don’t think he was too happy. I think he thought I was taking the mickey about the interception. That was a bit of an awkward moment!”

It would be a mixed afternoon for Welsh, typified by several promising moves breaking down prematurely, while Scottish got the upperhand in the scrum with James Brown’s boot coming within seconds of kicking Scottish to victory.

Tries from Hudson Tonga’uiha and Joe Ajuwa saw Welsh lead 12-3 at the break, but just as they threatened a third early in the second half, David Howells intercepted Whatling’s pass and sprinted clear to score under the posts.

“We thought we had an overlap - it could have been 19-3 to us had the ball gone to hand. That changed the whole game; from them doing nothing and not looking like scoring a try, we gave them a way back in,” said Ross.

“From there we had to fight hard and we struggled a bit at scrum time and it made for a long afternoon, but it was great spirit at the end to get the penalty and the win.

Welsh may have made hard work of it and left it agonisingly late, but for Ross there were plenty of positives to take from the game other than the result.

“We did some really good stuff at times and there was a really good intent and enthusiasm to our play, but we just needed to be more accurate with our skills,” he said.

“I think if we hadn’t got caught up in the derby atmosphere we wouldn’t have tried a lot of stuff and we’d have played a more compact game and tried to win the arm-wrestle.

“But we tried to play rugby and we opened them up several times and that was great to see, but we’ve just got to make better decisions on the ball.

“Perhaps recently we’ve not moved the ball as much as we have been, when guys have become used to having the ball in space.

“The better we become at making those decisions and the more clinical, the easier games like that will be for us.”

Aside from Welsh’s attacking intent, one of the other pluses was their defence. Since conceding four tries at Bristol, the Exiles have seen their line breached just six times in their four Championship and British & Irish Cup games since.

“Our main focus last week was on our defence. We just felt we were offering up too many soft tries and opportunities,” said Ross.

“We defended well; it was a really good team effort and Scottish didn’t really look like scoring all day.

“That’s something that will hopefully give us confidence and we need to build on that down at Plymouth this weekend.”

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