FOSROC Super6: Round 5
Match reports from the fifth round of fixtures in the FOSROC Super6, with Southern Knights hosting Heriot's, Watsonians taking on Boroughmuir Bears and Stirling County playing Ayrshire Bulls.
Match Report: Southern Knights Vs Heriot's Rugby
On a cold and blustery Saturday evening Heriot’s Rugby travelled to the Borders to take on the Southern Knights in the opening fixture of the FOSROC Super6 this weekend.
The hosts, who were still looking to record their first win of the season, started with great intensity and a number of exciting plays.
Attacking the scoreboard end of the new 3G pitch at The Greenyards, scrum half Struan Hutchinson saw space behind the Heriot’s defence and popped though a grubber kick a couple of minutes after kick off, although he was unlucky for it not to come to anything.
With twenty minutes gone the action was still all in the Southern Knights favour. From a lineout drive on the five-meter they kept attacking the try line, however all they found in front of them was a white wall of Heriot’s defenders.
It was shortly after that Heriot’s mounted their first real attack on the Southern Knights. Home side centre Patrick Anderson was able capitalise on a Heriot’s handing error and boot the ball up to the halfway line. He chased after it and kicked upfield again, with speedster Joe Jenkins was also on the chase, the winger was able to collect it on the five-meter line and dive over the whitewash. Edinburgh standoff Jason Baggot converting Jenkins score.
On the half hour the visitor’s centre Cameron Hutchinson broke upfield dragging multiple defenders with him, it was recycled quickly but it couldn’t come to anything as Heriot’s found themselves bundled into touch.
Half Time: Southern Knights 7-0 Heriots Rugby
With ten minutes gone of the second half it was a role reversal of the first 40 minutes.
Heriot’s had been trying to attack in every way possible put they could not find a way past the impressive Knights defence.
A yellow card was shown to Knight’s Russell Anderson for side entry and moments after Heriot’s were awarded their first points of the game when referee Ian Kenny awarded them a penalty try due to an infringement at the scrum by the host side.
With twenty minutes to go the score was seven points each. The visitors upped the intensity and with good, quick, handling found replacement winger Jack Blain on the outside who was able to nip in for a Heriot’s try.
Heriot’s were now on a role and their attacking play improved. Within the Southern Knights twenty-two hooker Michael Liness ran a short line taking the ball from standoff Stuart Edwards, he was able to burst through the Knights defence and run in a third try for the visitors, Ross Jones adding the extra two points.
With less than three minutes to go the hosts were determined to get another score. They attacked the try line with great intent, but it came to nothing. Knights were awarded a penalty as Heriot’s were offside.
Baggot kicked to touch and the home pack drove the maul forward, it was recycled quickly by Hutchinson who passed to Baggot on the second phase. The standoff found a small gap in the Heriot’s defence and squirmed his way in for a try under the posts.
In a desperate attempt to use the time left to claw back a draw or even a win, Baggott attempted to drop kick his own score but the wind caught a hold of it, and it drifted to the side of the uprights.
Despite a valiant effort the hosts ended the game still in search of their first victory of the tournament and the visitors Heriot’s travelled back to Edinburgh with a win, an improved performance and four important league points.
Full Time: Southern Knights 12-19 Heriot's Rugby
FOSROC Player of the Match: Stuart Edwards (Heriot’s Rugby)
Southern Knights: 15. Fraser Thomson (C); 14. Ciaran Whyte, 13. Patrick Anderson, 12. Gavin Wood, 11. Joe Jenkins, 10. Jason Baggott, 9. Struan Hutchison; 1. Grant Shiells, 2. Russell Anderson, 3. Conor Young, 4. Angus Runciman, 5. Dalton Redpath, 6. Neil Irvine-Hess, 7. Ruaridh Knott, 8. Iain Moody.
Replacements: 16. Finlay Scott, 17. Calum Crookshanks, 18. Shaun Gunn, 19. James Head, 20. Fraser Renwick, 21. Andrew Nagle, 22. Thomas Galbraith, 23. Jacob Henry.
Heriot’s Rugby: 15. Ross Jones; 14. Rory McMichael, 13. Robert Kay, 12. Cameron Hutchison, 11. James Spencer, 10. Stuart Edwards, 9. Andrew Simmers; 1. Andrew Nimmo, 2. Michael Liness, 3. Murray McCallum, 4. Callum Marshall, 19. Rhuaridh Leishman, 6. Iain Wilson (C), 7. Jack McClean, 8. Jason Hill.
Replacements: 16. Ali Johnstone, 17. Josh Scott, 18. Struan Cessford, 5. Adam Sinclair, 20. Charlie Jupp, 21. Dan Nutton, 22. Jack Blain, 23. Robbie Chalmers.
Match Report: Watsonians Rugby v Boroughmuir Bears
Watsonians Rugby won their fourth consecutive FOSROC Super6 fixture against Boroughmuir Bears at a wet and blustery Myreside.
The tournament leaders displayed plenty of patience to see out a game that was determined in part by the elements, taking points from the tee when they presented themselves and marshalling the breakdown expertly.
The hosts scored the opening try five minutes in when Morgan Inness benefitted from a charge down for the easiest of tries, converted by captain Lee Millar.
Boroughmuir Bears blindside flanker Craig Keddie nearly scored an unbelievable try after another charge down, juggling to hold the ball, he galloped from the halfway line only to be hauled down just shy of the whitewash.
Both sides struggled in dreadful conditions but Boroughmuir Bears got on the scoreboard when Kyle McGhie slotted from close range, a trick mirrored by Millar soon after.
After Watsonians Rugby bagged another three points from the tee, Bears hauled themselves back into contention with a beautifully worked try, winger Glen Faulds racing down the wing to dot down in the corner after some slick passing. McGhie nailed his touchline conversion to close the gap to just three points on the half hour mark with the score 13-10.
Watsonians Rugby pushed for a late score to end the half but were penalised for not allowing Boroughmuir Bears full-back Martin Cimprich the time to get up off the deck, an incident that signalled the interval.
Half-time: Watsonians Rugby 13-10 Boroughmuir Bears
Blue skies threatened to break through upon the resumption, although that promise never quite came to fruition as the hosts enjoyed a healthy wind advantage to ping back their opponents at every opportunity.
When Millar kicked an excellent touch finder, Watsonians Rugby scored their second from the resulting phases, Harrison Courtney burrowed over from close range to make it 18-10, a lead that Millar extended soon after with another penalty following an offside decision.
Boroughmuir Bears couldn’t gain enough territory to impose themselves on proceedings, with clearance kicks implausible given the strengthening wind into their faces.
Patience from Watsonians Rugby brought about the try that sealed victory, as substitute Campbell Wilson barged over after multiple phases from close quarters, Millar converting in fine style to ensure his side went four from four ahead of the reverse fixture next weekend at Meggetland.
Full-time: Watsonians Rugby 28-10 Boroughmuir Bears
FOSROC Player of the Match: Connor Boyle (Watsonians)
Watsonians Rugby: 15. Jamie Forbes; 14. Kody McGovern, 13. DJ Innes, 12. Joe Reynolds, 11. Angus Guthrie; 10. Lee Millar ©, 9. Roan Frostwick; 1. Harrison Courtney, 2. Cal Davies, 3. Nathan Borel, 4.Brian Leitch, 5. Jamie Hodgson, 6. Michael Badenhorst, 7. Connor Boyle, 8. Morgan Inness.
Replacements: 16. Campbell Wilson, 17.. Finn Hobbis, 18. Jonny Gibson, 19. Finlay Simpson, 20. Mesu Kunavula, 21. Ali Harris, 22. Lewis Berg, 23. Andrew Chalmers.
Boroughmuir Bears: 15. Martin Cimprich; 14. Cammy Gray, 13. Archie Russell, 12. Greg Cannie, 11. Glen Faulds; 10. Craig Laidlaw ©, 9. Kyle McGhie; 1. AP McWilliam, 2. George Shannon, 3. Dan Winning, 4. David Medjebeur, 5. Callum Anderson, 6. Craig Keddie, 7. Scott McGinley, 8. Tom Drennan.
Replacements: 16. Mesu Dolokoto, 17. Charlie Capps, 18. Martin McGinley, 19. Ewan Stewart, 20. Aubrey MnCube, 21. Tom Wilson, 22. Rory Arthur, 23. Jack Steele.
Match Report: Stirling County Vs Ayrshire Bulls
Ayrshire Bulls ground out their third win of the tournament on the road to Stirling County this afternoon. [Sunday]
Credit must be given to the ground staff at Bridgehaugh who worked on the pitch from early in the morning to enable the fixture to go ahead despite masses of rainfall over the last few days.
As the rain continued to fall the visitors got the action underway, they kicked long and deep towards the Stirling 22-meter line only for the home winger to knock it on.
Bull’s would hit it straight up at every opportunity they could, but the Stirling defence remained solid.
The visitors were reduced to 14 men when captain Peter Murchie was judged to have made a high tackle on a County player who fell to his knees in collecting a pass and was shown a yellow card.
It looked like it might be time for the home side to get on the score board as they kicked to touch for the lineout. The slippery conditions made the ball near impossible to keep a hold of and they lost possession to Ayrshire Bulls who kicked it out of their danger zone.
With Murchie back on the pitch from his yellow card offence Bulls were able to get the first points of the game on the scoreboard.
In the middle of the park, between the halfway line and the Stirling 22-meter mark, the hosts were penalised for collapsing a scrum. Ayrshire Bulls standoff, and FOSROC Academy Stage 3 player, Ross Thomson was able to expertly slot the ball between the uprights to give the visitors a narrow lead.
Half Time: Stirling County 0-3 Ayrshire Bulls
With the conditions now worsening the home side got the second half underway. Both teams looked to put boot to ball, and it was kicked from one end of the park to the other.
With twenty minutes to go Stirling mounted an attack from a pass off the top of a lineout. Second row Cameron Henderson juggled the ball and secured it on the third attempt, he broke through the Bull’s defence and was brought down by fullback Ollie Smith. The ball was recycled quickly by the hosts, but it came to nothing after it was knocked on.
Ten minutes later the first, and only, try of the game was recorded. Ayrshire Bulls threw a short pass at the line out which allowed them to move up onto the five-meter line.
Phase after phase they moved closer towards the try line but they were unable to keep it secure and allowed Stirling to turn it over inches from the whitewash. It popped out the back of the ruck however Bull’s prop Nicolas Griffiths was too quick for the hosts.
As soon as it was available, he pounced on it with two hands to secure the try for the visitors. Despite a good attempt Thomson’s kick was unsuccessful as the wind took a hold of the ball and it went to the side of the posts.
It looked as though Bulls might have been able to get three more points on the board in the final play of the game. The host side was penalised for a collapsed scrum and Thomson stepped up to take the penalty, despite a good attempt it was just wide of the uprights.
Although the hosts put up a good fight it was Ayrshire Bulls who were able to record an away win and four more league points.
Full Time: Stirling County 0-8 Ayrshire Bulls
FOSROC Player of the Match: Ross Thomson (Ayrshire Bulls)
Stirling County: 15. Ewan MacGarvie; 14. Andrew McLean, 13. Robbie Kent, 12. Landon Hayes, 11. Logan Trotter, 10. Andrew Goudie, 9. Caleb Korteweg; 1. Billy Dineen, 2. Rayner Kennedy (C), 3. Murphy Walker, 4. Andrew Davidson, 5. Cameron Henderson, 6. Olie Bartlett, 7. Connor Gordon, 8. Dean Taylor-Menzies.
Replacements: 16. Aaron Thomson, 17. Adam Wood, 18. Charlie Brown, 19. James Pow, 20. Matt Smith, 21. Kristian Kay, 22. Mark New, 23. Bruce Sorbie.
Ayrshire Bulls: 15. Ollie Smith; 14. Matt Davidson, 13. Tyler Beary, 12. Tom Jordan, 11. Tom Lewis, 10. Ross Thompson, 9. David Armstrong; 1. Gordon Reid, 2. Sam Kitchen, 3. Nicolas Griffiths, 4. Fraser Hastie, 5. Lars Morrice, 6. George Bordill, 7. Peter McCallum (C), 8. Blair Macpherson.
Replacements: 16. Alex McGuire, 17. Michael Scott, 18. Rhuairidh Sayce , 19. Marshall Sykes, 20. Graham Geldenhuys , 21. Harry Warr, 22. Frazier Climo , 23. James Pinkerton.