FOSROC Super6 Round 4: Review

FOSROC Super6 Round 4: Review

SUNDAY 22 AUGUST: Southern Knights v Boroughmuir Bears 

Visitors Boroughmuir Bears got the scoring off to a quick start at The Greenyards this afternoon.

Within the first five minutes of the game winger Tom Brown had powered his way over the try line after having to work hard to finish off some nice open play by the Bears.

They extended their lead 10-minutes in when Tom Pittman slotted a penalty through the posts to make it 0-8.

Knights responded with their first score of the game when full-back Joe Jenkins broke up field.

He was taken down and the ball recycled to the left where it found its way to captain Craig Jackson who scored in the stand-side corner facing the iconic Eildon Hills.

Boroughmuir Bears stretched their lead even further before half-time when they took a quick lineout.

They threw the ball in quickly and with some slick handling and good support running the Bears scored a lovely team try finished off by Jordan Edmunds.

HALF-TIME: Southern Knights 5-13 Boroughmuir Bears

In the second-half it was all Southern Knights with the hosts scoring 17 unanswered points.

The first points came when replacement stand-off Jason Baggott intercepted the ball on the half-way line and cantered in under the posts, he converted his own try to make it a one-point game.

With 15-minutes to go prop Euan McLaren bounced off a tackle by Bears stand-off Pittman and showed a quick turn of pace to race in over the try line with Baggott adding the extra two points on offer.

In the last play of the game Baggott split the uprights with a simple penalty in front of the posts to ensure the Knights remained unbeaten and went top of the FOSROC Super6 league table.

FULL-TIME: Southern Knights 22-13 Boroughmuir Bears

SCORERS
Southern Knights: TRY Craig Jackson, Jason Baggott, Euan McLaren CON Jason Baggott (2) PEN Jason Baggott (2)

Boroughmuir Bears: TRY Tom Brown, Jordan Edmunds PEN Tom Pittman

MATCH OFFICIALS
Ref: David Sutherland
AR1: Michael Todd
AR2: Jonny Perriam
No4: Digby Thomas
Time: Graeme Eastland

FOSROC Player of the Match
Kaleem Barreto (Boroughmuir Bears)

CARDS
N/A

Southern Knights: 15. Joe Jenkins, 14. Billy Wara, 13. Nyle Godsmark, 12. Craig Jackson CAPTAIN, 11. Patrick Anderson , 10. Cameron Scott*, 9. Murdo McAndrew; 1. Grant Sheills, 2. Fraser Renwick, 3. Euan McLaren, 4. Angus Runciman, 5. Daniel Suddon, 6. Hary Borthwick, 7. Allan Ferrie, 8. Iain Moody.
Replacements: 16. Richard Ferguson, 17. Shaun Gunn, 18. Calum Crookshanks, 19. Dalton Redpath, 20. Iain Sim, 21. Cameron Jones, 22. Jason Baggott, 22. Keiran Clark

Boroughmuir Bears: 15. Martin Cimprich, 14. Glen Faulds, 13. Jordan Edmunds, 12. Duncan Munn, 11. Tom Brown, 10. Tom Pittman, 9. Kaleem Barreto; 1. George Cave, 2. Craig McKenzie, 3. Dan Winning CO-CAPTAIN, 4. Jack Fisher, 5. Will Inglis, 6. Craig Keddie CO-CAPTAIN, 7. Scott McGinley, 8. Trystan Andrews.
Replacements: 16. Cameron MacMillan, 17. Ross Dunbar, 18.Martin McGinley, 19. Tom Drennan, 20. Mzwandile Mncube, 21. Kyle McGhie 22. Murray Johnstone

Southern Knights winger Patrick Anderson tackles Boroughmuir Bears No8 Trystan Andrews 

SATURDAY 21 AUGUST: Heriot's Rugby v Watsonians Rugby

In soggy conditions at Goldenacre this afternoon Heriot’s Rugby opened the scoring when full-back and captain Ross Jones ran a hard line to come into the attack and run in near the posts. Stand-off Bruce Houston added the conversion.

Soon after, Houston extended the hosts lead when he slotted a penalty between the posts.

Watsonians got on the scoreboard half-way through the first-half when stand-off Marc Morrison split the uprights with a successful penalty kick at goal.

Just before the half-time whistle Heriot’s were reduced to 14-men when prop Andrew Nimmo was shown a yellow card for an illegal activity at the scrum.

HALF-TIME: Heriot’s Rugby 10-3 Watsonians Rugby

The visitors got their first try of the game moments into the second-half when their forward pack got the rolling maul moving. Hooker Cal Davies broke away from the pack but was brought down inches from the try line, prop Stevie Longwell was on hand to recycle the ball and nip over for their try. Morrison’s conversion attempt bounced off the posts.

Two minutes later Heriot’s responded when inside centre Stuart Edwards found his outside man running the inside line to go in for a second try for the hosts. Houston added the two extra points on offer.

Houston added two more penalties to his tally 10 minutes apart. On both occasions referee Graeme Ormiston had penalised Watsonians for being offside.

With 10-minutes left to go, Heriot’s were working their way towards the try line. The pass came back to Houston who was standing in the pocket, and he nailed the first ever drop goal in the history of the FOSROC Super6 tournament.

With that, the game was a done deal for Heriot’s who were able to overcome table-toppers Watsonians on home turff.

FULL-TIME: Heriot’s Rugby 26-8 Watsonians Rugby

SCORERS
Heriot’s Rugby: TRY- Ross Jones, Robert Kay CON- Bruce Houston (2) PEN- Bruce Houston (3) DROP GOAL – Bruce Houston
Watsonians Rugby: TRY: Stevie Longwell PEN- Marc Morrison

MATCH OFFICIALS
Ref: Graeme Ormiston
AR1: Keith Allen
AR2: Bob Nevins
No4: Kevin McGhee
Time: Alan Forrest

FOSROC Player of the Match
Bruce Houston (Heriot's Rugby)

CARDS
Yellow:
Andrew Nimmo (Heriot’s Rugby)

Heriot’s Rugby: 15. Ross Jones CAPTAIN, 14. Rory McMichael, 13. Robert Kay, 12. Stuart Edwards, 11. James Couper, 10. Bruce Houston, 9. Lloyd Wheeldon; 1. Andrew Nimmo, 2. Michael Liness, 3. Josh Scott, 4. Ronan Seydak, 5. Adam Sinclair, 6. Ruairidh Leishman, 7. Jack McClean, 8. Callum Marshall.
Replacements: 16. Chris Keen, 17. Duncan Hood, 18. Archie Bogle, 19. Lewis Govenlock, 20. Fraser Hastie, 21. Matt Russell, 22. Alex Ball, 23. Ben Evans

Watsonians Rugby: 15. Harvey Elms, 14. Lomond Macpherson, 13. Lewis Berg, 12. Dominic Coetzer, 11. Ru Smith, 10. Marc Morrison, 9. Murray Scott; 1. Harrison Courtney, 2. Cal Davies CAPTAIN, 3. Steven Longwell, 4. Kwagga Van Niekerk, 5. Michael Badenhorst, 6. Luis Ball, 7. Campbell Wilson, 8. Sam Daly.

Replacements: 16. Ross Graham, 17. Thomas Jeffrey, 18. Matias Sonzogni Argiro, 19. Kieran Watt, 20. Karl Main, 21. Harry Fisher, 22. Reiss Cullen, 23. Scott King

Bruce Houston scores the first drop goal in FOSROC Super6 history books. Credit: Craig Murray

FRIDAY 20 AUGUST: Stirling County v Ayrshire Bulls 

It took twenty minutes to record the opening score in this match but when it came it was Stirling County winger Stevie Hamilton who showed a dummy pass to Robbie Nairn. It worked and allowed him to run in the first try of the game.

Near the half hour mark Matt Minogue got the first points on the board with a penalty kick at goal for Bulls.

Just before half-time Bulls inside centre Tom Jordan ran a simple short line from the back of the scrum to crash over the whitewash. Minogue added the extra two points.

On the 40-minute mark Stirling worked the ball out wide to allow captain Dean Taylor-Menzies to score in the stand side corner to make it 10-all.

HALF-TIME: Stirling County 10-10 Ayrshire Bulls

The opening score of the second-half came when Bulls scrum-half Harry Warr nipped in with a quick tap penalty. Although he was brough down before the line Ryan Sweeney went over from short range.

Stirling hit back with a try when Angus Fraser crashed over the line after play at the back of the lineout maul which equalised the scores once again.

The hosts extended their lead when Tom Roche finished well to dive over in the scoreboard corner to make it 20-15.

Stirling’s replacement hooker Reyner Kennedy was only off the bench a matter of moments when he finished off a try for County. In doing so he became joint top try scorer in the league with Bull’s Tom Jordan. Craig Robertson added the conversion. [27-18]

With a deficit of 9 points, Bulls started to claw their way back with two successful penalties from Matt Minogue.

With three minutes left to play Ayrshire Bulls full-back Matt Davidson intercepted the ball near the five-metre line and ran the length of the pitch to score under the posts. Tom Jordan added the extra two points on offer, and it looked like it was all over and heartbreak for Stirling.

In the final play of the game, Stirling were awarded a penalty. Craig Robertson kept his nerve to step up and slot the long-range kick between the posts to register Stirling County’s first win of the season.

FULL-TIME: Stirling County 30-28 Ayrshire Bulls

SCORERS
Stirling County: TRY- Stevie Hamilton, Dean Taylor Menzies, Tom Roche, Angus Fraser, Reyner Kennedy PEN-Craig Robertson
Ayrshire Bulls: TRY -Tom Jordan, Ryan Sweeney, Matt Davidson CON-Tom Jordan PEN Matt Minogue (3)

MATCH OFFICIALS
Ref: Ian Kenny
AR1: Ruairidh Campbell
AR2: Alistair Watt
No4: Walter Gaffney
Time: John McLaughlin

FOSROC Player of the Match
Logan Trotter (Stirling County)

CARDS
Aaron Tait (Ayrshire Bulls)
Tom Roche (Stirling County)
George Breese (Stirling County)

Stirling County: 15. Tom Roche, 14. Steven Hamilton, 13. Archie Russell, 12. Craig Jardine, 11. Logan Trotter, 10. Andrew Goudie, 9. Grant Hughes; 1. George Bresse, 2. Angus Fraser*, 3. JP Phelan, 4. James Pow, 5. Byron Bowes, 6. Dean Talyor-Menzies CAPTAIN, 7. Connor Gordon, 8. Bradly Luney
Replacements: 16. Reyner Kennedy, 17. Billy Dineen, 18. Lewis Skinner, 19. Josh Van Vuuren, 20. Ali Mackie, 21. Euan Cunningham*, 22. Landon Hayes, 23. Craig Robertson

Ayrshire Bulls: 15. Matt Davidson, 14. Aaron Tait, 13. Tom Williams, 12. Tom Jordan, 11. Robbie Nairn, 10. Matt Minogue, 9. Harry Warr; 1. Ruairidh Sayce, 2. Rhodri Tanner, 3. Calvin Henderson, 4. Edward Bloodworth, 5. Tom Everard, 6. Ryan Sweeney, 7. Rory Jackson*, 8. Blair MacPherson CAPTAIN
Replacements: 16. Rhodri Tanner, 17. Craig Miller, 18. Michael Scott, 19. Ewan Hamilton-Bulger, 20. Jamie Drummond*, 21. Adam McGowan, 22. Christian Townsend*, 23. Elias Caven
*FOSROC Scottish Rugby Contracted Academy Player

Stirling's Craig Robertons celebrates successfully kicking a penalty to win the game in the last play. Credit: Bryan Robertson 

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