FOSROC Super6 Round 2: Preview

FOSROC Super6 Round 2: Preview

The second season of FOSROC Super6 action kicked-off last weekend with all three fixtures providing exciting and close encounters, across all three games there was only seven points difference.

This weekend Super6 rugby returns to more venues across Scotland. On Friday night Watsonians Rugby host Stirling County at Myreside (kick-off 7.30pm, live on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport Scotland website) Boroughmuir Bears travel through to play Ayrshire Bulls at Millbrae on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) and on Sunday Heriot's Rugby host Southern Knights at Goldenacre (kick-off 1.30pm, live on FreeSports).

Sunday 8 August: Heriot's Rugby v Southern Knights 

Heriot's Rugby welcome Borderers Southern Knights to Goldenacre this afternoon for their first home game of the season - kick-off 1.30pm live on FreeSports.

The capital side are able to welcome 400 spectators to their ground tomorrow afternoon, tickets are available to buy HERE. Please note, you will not be able to pay at the gate.

Match officials for this fixture are David Sutherland (referee), Keith Allen (AR1), Ian Kenny (AR2), David Changleng (No4) and Ben Evans as timekeeper.

Previous FOSROC Super6 encounters:
Saturday 7 December 2019
Southern Knights 12-19 Heriot's Rugby
Saturday 14 December 2019
Heriot's Rugby 22-16 Southern Knights

Given that in their previous two encounters Heriot's Rugby have over come the Knights, Heriot's will be confident going into this match. On his selection for this match Heriot's Rugby Head Coach Andrew Kelly said:

"We have rotated the squad for this week’s game. A lot of the players had started two games [inc friendly fixtures] and now it’s a chance for the new guys. We have a strong bench and will be looking for an impact from them.

"We had a poor start to the league last week, our discipline being one of the biggest areas to let us down. We have had a good week’s training and the players are keen to improve on last week’s performance for our home fans."

Heriot’s Rugby: 15. Ross Jones, 14. Rory McMichael, 13. Robert Kay, 12. Stuart Edwards, 11. Callum Young, 10. Bruce Houston, 9. Lloyd Wheeldon; 1. Chris Keen, 2. Michael Liness, 3. Dan Gamble*, 4. (22) Ruairidh Lishman, 5. Ronan Seydak, 6. Iain Wilson CAPTAIN, 7. Jack McCLean, 8. Jason Hill.
Replacements: 16. (17) Cameron Fenton, 17. (18) Struan Cessford, 18. (19) Andrew Nimmo ,19. (20) Callum Marshall, 20. (4) Adam Sinclair, 21. Alex Ball, 22. (23) Nathan Chamberlain, 23. (26). Jack Mann
*FOSROC Scottish Rugby Contracted Academy Player

Heriot's Rugby Head Coach, Andrew Kelly

The Southern Knights travel to Edinburgh this afternoon looking to go one better than the draw that they recorded last week. On team selection Head Coach Rob Crystie said: “There are a few changes from Round 1 with three of our FOSROC Academy players coming into the squad, both Jacob and Harri start whilst Cammy Scott will start on the bench. Shaun Gunn, Russell Anderson and Mak Wilson start in the front row whilst Angus Runciman starts in the second row. Murdo McAndrew starts at scrum-half this week and Billy Wara will make his Knights debut from outside centre.

"We're really excited for this weekends game away to Heriot’s, which is always a tough battle. A few players are getting their first opportunities and we are all looking forward to seeing them perform in our first live broadcast game on FreeSports this Sunday. We have had a positive week training and are determined to develop on the good work from Round 1’s game and put together a more complete performance.”

Southern Knights: 15. Joe Jenkins, 14. Patrick Anderson, 13. Billy Wara, 12. Nyle Godsmark CAPTAIN, 11. Jacob Henry*, 10. Jason Baggott, 9, Murdo McAndrew; 1. Shaun Gunn, 2. Russell Anderson, 3. Mak Wilson, 4. Angus Runciman, 5. Daniel Suddon, 6. Dalton Redpath, 7. Harri Morris*, 8. Iain Moody
Replacements: 16. Fraser Renwick, 17. Grant Shiells, 18. Euan McLaren, 19. Harry Borthwick, 20. Allan Ferrie, 21. Cameron Jones, 22. Cammy Scott*, 23. Keiran Clark
*FOSROC Scottish Rugby Contracted Academy Player

Knights try scorer from last weekend, Patrick Anderson. Credit: Bryan Robertson

Saturday 7 August: Ayrshire Bulls v Boroughmuir Bears 

Ayrshire Bulls are able to welcome spectator to Millbrae this afternoon tickets should be bought HERE in advance of the game. If you can't attend, highlights of the game will be available shortly after the game.

Match officials for this game are Graeme Ormiston (referee), Ross Mabon (AR1), Samuel O'Neil (AR2), Duncan Pike (No4) and John McLaughlin (time-keeper)

Previous FOSROC Super6 encounters:
Saturday 16 November 2019
Ayrshire Bulls 32-27 Boroughmuir Bears
Saturday 15 February 2020
Boroughmuir Bears 17-40 Ayrshire Bulls

The Bulls will be looking to make up for last weekends close defeat to Watsonians when they host the Bears at home this weekend. The Millbrae side have won comfortably in their last two meets but Boroughmuir will be riding high after a close win last weekend.

Ayrshire Bulls Head Coach Pat MacArthur said: "We are making a couple of changes to our starting line up with the impressive Aaron Tait coming into the team for the injured Bobby Beattie. First start also for Christian Townsend who will hopefully bring his good form from his under 20s campaign in place of the injured Matt Minogue.

“It wasn't the result we wanted last week but a number of aspects of our game were pleasing, we just need to be more ruthless and take our opportunities. On Saturday we welcome Boroughmuir to Millbrae. They have a number of threats across their line-up, and are playing an expansive brand of rugby. We will need to be at our best both physically and mentally to get a result this weekend.”

Ayrshire Bulls: 15. Matt Davidson, 14. Aaron Tait, 13. Tom Williams, 12. Tom Jordan, 11. Robbie Nairn, 10. Christian Townsend*, 9. Jordan Lenac; 1. George Thornton, 2. Rhodri Tanner, 3. Michael Scottt, 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. Tom Lanni, 23. Elias Caven
*FOSROC Scottish Rugby Contracted Academy Player

credit: George McMillian

Graham Shiel's Boroughmuir Bears will look to continue their winning performance from last week when they make the trip to Ayr this afternoon. It will be a special moment for the Bears co-captain Craig Keddie who will make his 100th appearance for the Meggetland club.

Shiel said: “Last weekend was a tough start to the campaign where players gave their all for each other and managed a deserved win – although by the skin of the post. Inevitably we picked up a couple of knocks, keeping players sidelined and selection this week reflects this. It was pleasing that the group of players representing Boroughmuir Bears performed to the standard required to secure a win last week, but focus turns now to a very tough away fixture to Ayrshire Bulls.

"One change in the front five sees Euan Ferrie step up to make his first start for Boroughmuir Bears after coming off the bench last week. Similarly for Rhys Tait getting a first start and an opportunity to show his ability against an experience back row to test himself. Injuries in the backline force a couple of changes with Mike Gray coming into the squad for his Boroughmuir Bears debut and Glen Faulds coming in at full-back."

Boroughmuir Bears: 15. Glen Faulds, 14. Callum Ramm, 13. Michael Gray*, 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 Stuart, 5. Euan Ferrie*, 6. Craig Keddie (co-captain), 7. Rhys Tait*, 8. Rory Drummond.
Replacements: 16. Cameron MacMillan, 17. George Cave, 18. AP McWilliam, 19. Jack Fisher, 20. Trystan Andrews, 21. Martin Cimprich, 22. Kyle McGhie, 23. Mzwandile Mncube
*FOSROC Scottish Rugby Contracted Academy Player

Tom Pittman kicked all 15 of Broughmuir's points last weekend 

Friday 6 August: Watsonians Rugby v Stirling County

Watsonians will be looking to continue their winning ways from last weekend when they host Stirling County tomorrow evening [Friday 6 August].

The club are able to welcome 400 spectators to Myreside, tickets should be bought HERE in advance of the game. Please note; you will not be able to pay at the gate, if you can't get there you can watch it live on BBC iPlayer or BBC Sport Scotland's website. If you are outside of the UK and Ireland you can watch the game HERE on the Scottish Rugby website.

Match officials for this game are Keith Allen (referee), Jonny Perriam (AR1), Bob Nivens (AR2), Willie Anderson (No4) and Graeme Eastland (time-keeper)

Previous FOSROC Super6 encounters:
Sunday 24 November 2019
Watsonians Rugby 34-22 Stirling County
Saturday 25 January 2020
Stirling County 27-24 Watsonians Rugby

Whilst the Edinburgh side opened with a win last weekend Head Coach Fergus Pringle knows it will the a challenge to back that up with a short turnaround on matches.

Pringle said: “With the five day turnaround after a tough game at Ayr, we have made four changes to the starting pack. Ross Graham and Stevie Longwell come into the front row, Kieran Watt also earns a start and Connor Boyle returns from Edinburgh Rugby. On the bench, Roan Frostwick comes in while Marc Morrison and Jordan Venter are in line to make their debuts for the club.

“While very pleased with the outcome down at Ayr, we know we have some things we need to get right in order to put in a strong performance against Stirling. Stirling have a strong set piece, highlighted by scoring three set piece tries against the Knights last weekend. They’ll be well organised and we need to be switched on to anything they throw at us.

Our focus is building on our performance against Ayr, improving key areas of our game and striving for a strong 80min performance for our first home game of the season.”

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. Ross Graham, 3. Steven Longwell, 4. Kieran Watt, 5. Michael Badenhorst, 6. Karl Main, 7. Connor Boyle, 8. Sam Daly.
Replacements: 16. Cal Davies, 17. Matias Sonzogni Argiro, 18. Angus Williams, 19. Luis Ball, 20. Harry Fisher, 21. Roan Frostwick*, 22. Marc Morrison, 23. Jordan Venter
*FOSROC Scottish Rugby Contracted Academy Player

Lewis Berg in action for Watsonians last weekend. Credit: George McMillian 

The visitors, Stirling County, had a strong start in their first match of the campaign last weekend against Southern Knights. Ben Cairn's side scored three good tries to end all things even in a 24-all draw with Southern Knights.

Cairns has made minimal changes to his starting side from last week. He said: "The starting pack remains unchanged while the back line sees an element of rotation. Andrew Goudie comes in for the injured Marcus Holden. Homegrown players Archie Russell and Craig Robertson rotate in with Landon Hayes and Tom Roche respectively.

"We were happy with large parts of our performance last weekend particularly around those effort areas and how clinical we were when in the opponent’s half. The challenge this week is to combine this with getting into the right areas more often and gaining more of a foothold in that middle third.

"Watsonians will be delighted to start their campaign with a win away from home. It was an excellent performance built on a strong defensive effort and taking their opportunities.

"Our previous meeting at Myreside was also a Friday night and, for the neutral, will have gone down as one of the most exciting matches in season 1 of the FOSROC Super6. Hopefully we can put on another show but obviously with a different result.”

Stirling County: 15. Craig Robertson, 14. Steven Hamilton, 13. Archie Russell, 12. Grant Hughes, 11. Logan Trotter, 10. Andrew Goudie, 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. Alasdair Mackie.
Replacements: 16. Angus Fraser*, 17. Billy Dineen, 18. Murphy Walker*, 19. Callum Cruickshank, 20. Josh Van Vuuren, 21. Kristian Kay, 22. Landon Hayes, 23. Tom Roche
*FOSROC Scottish Rugby Contracted Academy Player

Logan Trotter on his way to the try line for Stirling County last weekend. Credit: Bryan Robertson 

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