FOSROC Super6 Round 1 Weekend Review
After 517 days the FOSROC Super6 returned this weekend when Boroughmuir Bears hosted Heriot's Rugby at Meggetland on Friday evening, Stirling County hosted Southern Knights on Saturday afternoon and Watsonians Rugby traveled to Ayrshire Bulls on Sunday.
Sunday 1 August: Ayrshire Bulls v Watsonians Rugby
Visitors Watsonians, opened the scoring through a Lee Millar penalty and extended their lead further only five minutes later when they capitalised on a Ayrshire Bulls mistake for Scotland 7s star Harvey Elms to run in under the posts.
Ayrshire Bulls got their first score of the campaign when stand-off Matt Minogue found his way to the try line and converted his own score.
Millar extended Watsonians lead with another penalty on the half hour mark to make it 7-13.
HALF-TIME: Ayrshire Bulls 7-13 Watsonians Rugby
The hosts Ayrshire Bulls went ahead for the first time in the game when George Thornton crashed over the try line with Minogue adding the extras to put them in front.
Watsonians hit back when winger Harvey Elms chipped ahead down the wing, collected it and passed out to full-back Jamie Forbes to canter over the try line. Millar added the extras with ease to put the visitors six points ahead.
The lead changed hands again only five minutes later when Robbie Nairn went in for Bulls to make it 21-20.
The visitors extended their lead to five points in total through two more Lee Millar penalties to end the game.
FULL-TIME: Ayrshire Bulls 21-26 Watsonians Rugby
Match Officials: Finlay Brown (referee), Graeme Ormiston (AR1) and Ruairidh Campbell (AR2).
Scores: Ayrshire Bulls: TRY - Matt Minogue, George Thornton, Robbie Nairn, CON Matt Minogue (3). Watsonians Rugby: TRY - Harvey Elms, Jamie Forbes, CON - Lee Millar (2) PEN Lee Millar (4)
FOSROC Player of the Match: Lee Millar (Watsonians Rugby)
Ayrshire Bulls: 15. Matt Davidson, 14. Robert Beattie, 13. Tom Williams, 12. Tom Jordan, 11. Robbie Nairn, 10. Matthew Minogue, 9. Jordan Lenac; 1. George Thornton, 2. Rhodri Tanner, 3. Michael Scott, 4. Tom Everard, 5. Edward Bloodworth, 6. Ryan Sweeney, 7. Yaree Fantini, 8. Blair MacPherson (captain)
Replacements: 16. Alex McGuire, 17. Ruairidh Sayce, 18. Calvin Henderson, 19. Ewan Bulger, 20. Gavin Wilson, 21. Harry Warr, 22. Christian Townsend, 23. Aaron Tait
Watsonians Rugby: 15. Jamie Forbes, 14. Lomond Macpherson, 13. Lewis Berg, 12. Dominic Coetzer, 11. Harvey Elms, 10. Lee Millar (captain), 9. Reiss Cullen; 1. Harrison Courtney, 2. Cal Davies, 3. Angus Williams, 4. Kwagga Van Niekerk, 5. Michael Badenhorst, 6. Karl Main, 7, Harry Fisher, 8, Sam Daly.
Replacements: 16. Ross Graham, 17. Matias Sonzogni Argiro, 18. Thomas Jeffery, 19. Kieran Watt, 20. Luis Ball, 21. Campbell Wilson, 22. Murray Scott, 23. Scott King.
Saturday 31 July: Stirling County v Southern Knights
Southern Knights were first to score in the second FOSROC Super6 game of the weekend when winger Patrick Anderson nipped in the far side.
Stirling County responded only minutes later when their own winger Logan Trotter gilded in for a try on the stand side with stand-off Marcus Holden converting.
Moments later County captain Rayner Kenndey powered over for the hosts second try of the afternoon with Holden adding the extra two points on offer.
The hosts scored their third try of the afternoon when centre Grant Hughes pulled off a well executed move from the lineout, Holden once again good with the conversion.
Just before the half-time whistle, Southern Knights were awarded a penalty try near the try line itself as Stirling County prop JP Phelan was shown a yellow card for a infringement at the maul.
HALF-TIME Stirling County 21-12 Southern Knights
The visitors opened the scoring in the second half when hooker Fraser Renwick secured the ball down over the line out after a maul at the line out. Stand-off Jason Baggott adding the conversion to close the deficit to just three points.
Stirling County extended their to five points when stand-off Marcus Holden slotted a penalty between the uprights shortly after to make it 24-19.
With the clock ticking down, Knights scored a try in the 79th minute through replacement hooker Russell Anderson who secured it down over the try line. Unfortunately for Knights, Baggott's conversion from outwide was missed and the scores were level 24-24.
Remarkably the final score ended 24 all, the exact same score as this fixture at Stirling last season.
FULL-TIME Stirling County 24-24 Southern Knights
Match Officials: Referee Ian Kenny, AR 1 David Sutherland, AR 2 David Changleng.
Scores: Stirling County: TRY - Trotter, Kennedy, Hughes CON - Holden (3) PEN - Holden. Southern Knights: TRY - Anderson, Renwick, Anderson. penalty try. CON - Baggott
FOSROC Player of the Match: Fraser Renwick (Southern Knights)
Stirling County: 15. Tom Roche, 14. Steven Hamilton, 13. Landon Hayes, 12. Grant Hughes, 11. Logan Trotter, 10. Marcus Holden, 9. Caleb Korteweg; 1. George Breese, 2. Reyner Kennedy (captain), 3. JP Phelan, 4. James Pow, 5. Byron Bowes, 6. George Arnott, 7. Connor Gordon, 8. Ali Mackie.
Replacements: 16. Angus Fraser, 17. Billy Dineen, 18. Murphy Walker, 19. Callum Cruickshank, 20. Josh Van Vuuren, 21. Kristian Kay, 22. Andrew Goudie, 23. Archie Russell
Southern Knights: 15. Joe Jenkins, 14. Andrew Mitchell, 13. Nyle Godsmark, 12. Craig Jackson (captain), 14. Patrick Anderson, 10. Jason Baggott, 9. Cameron Jones; 1. Grant Sheills, 2. Fraser Renwick, 3. Euan McLaren, 4. James Head, 5. Daniel Suddon, 6. Dalton Redpath, 7. Allan Ferrie, 8. Iain Moody
Replacements: 16. Russell Anderson, 17. Shaun Gunn, 18. Calum Crookshanks, 19. Angus Runciman, 20. Harry Borthwick, 21. Murdo McAndrew, 22. Keiran Clark, 23. Iain Sim
Friday 30 July: Boroughmuir Bears v Heriot's Rugby
The second season of FOSROC Super6 kicked-off on Friday evening as Boroughmuir Bears hosted city rivals Heriot’s Rugby in the opening game of the season.
The hosts scored the first points of the tournament through a Tom Pittman penalty in front of the posts.
Stand-off Pittman kicked two further penalties to put the bears in front by six points at half-time to Heriot’s Rugby one long range penalty from their stand-off Bruce Houtson
HALF-TIME Boroughmuir Bears 9-3 Heriot’s Rugby
Ten minutes into the second-half Heriot’s replacement scrum-half Lloyd Wheeldon scored the first try of the 2021 FOSROC Super6.
Pittman slotted a fifth and final penalty for the bears to extend their lead to 15-8.
In the final play of the game Heriot’s captain Iain Wilson crossed the whitewash for the visitors to make it 15-13. Houston’s conversion would have levelled the score for a draw but it bounced off the posts which allowed the Bears to secure a first win in the tournament.
Boroughmuir Bears Head Coach Graham Shiel said: "Really, really pleased by their overall performance. We controlled a lot of the game, the players put in a huge shift tonight. We started the campaign with a win which is very pleasing."
FULL-TIME Boroughmuir Bears 15-13 Heriot’s Rugby
Match Officials: Referee Keith Allen, AR1 Dunx McClement, AR2 Michael Todd
Scores: Boroughmuir Bears: PEN - Pittman (5). Heriot’s Rugby: PEN - Houston. TRY - Wheeldon, Wilson.
FOSROC Player of the Match: Kaleem Barreto (Boroughmuir Bears)
Boroughmuir Bears: 15.Tom Brown, 14. Callum Ramm, 13. Ronan Kerr, 12. Robbie McCallum, 11. Jordan Edmunds, 10. Tom Pittman, 9. Kaleem Barreto; 1. Ross Dunbar, 2, Craig McKenzie, 3. Dan Winning (co-captain), 4. Ewan Stewart, 5. Jack Fisher, 6. Craig Keddie (co-captain), 7. Scott McGinley, 8. Rory Drummond.
Replacements: 16. Cameron MacMillian, 17. George Cave, 18. AP McWilliam, 19. Euan Ferrie, 20. Trystan Andrews, 21. Rhys Tait, 22. Kyle McGhie, 23. Glen Faulds
Heriot's Rugby: 15. Ross Jones, 14. James Couper, 13. Rory McMichael, 12. Robert Kay, 11. Callum Young, 10. Bruce Houston, 9. Alex Ball; 1. Andrew Nimmo, 2. Cameron Fenton, 3. Josh Scott, 4. Ruairidh Leishman, 5. Callum Marshall, 6. Iain Wilson (captain), 7. Jack McClean, 8. Jack Mann.
Replacements: 26. Michael Liness, 19. Chris Keen, 18. Struan Cessford, 20. Ronan Seydak, 22. Fraser Hastie, 17. Jason Hill, 21. Lloyd Wheeldon, 23. Stuart Edwards