FOSROC Super6 Round 5 Weekend Review
SUNDAY 29 AUGUST: Boroughmuir Bears v Stirling County
Although there was some nice creative attacking plays the first score of the game did not come until 24 minutes in.
From a line out near the five-metre line the Stirling attack remained composed. When scrum-half Grant Hughes made a dart for the line the ball was recycled by stand-off Andrew Goudie who found Dean Taylor-Menzies running hard to go in for the opening score of the game.
Bears got their first points of the game on the board on the half hour mark with a Tom Pittman penalty.
Stirling hit back five minutes later when their backs linked up nicely to allow Archie Russell to go over for their second try of the afternoon with Craig Robertson adding the conversion.
Just before the half-time whistle Pittman slotted another penalty for the hosts as Stirling’s Connor Gordon was shown a yellow card for a high tackle.
HALF-TIME: Boroughmuir Bears 6-12 Stirling County
With 20 minutes to go Bears went ahead for the first time in the game when Scotland U20 second row Euan Ferrie peeled off the back of the maul and secured the ball down over the try line. Pittman added the conversion for good measure.
Minutes later they extended their lead further when young inside centre Duncan Munn put in a grubber kick for Martin Cimprich to collect, the ball was recycled and Tom Brown went over for the Bears. Pittman was once again good with the conversion.
With five minutes left on the clock Stirling mounted a last-minute attack from the line out. Full-back Craig Robertson chipped the ball through, it was collected and scored by winger Tom Roche to close the gap in the score board.
With two minutes left to go Pittman slotted a drop goal to extend the Bears lead to six points and secure their second win of the season.
FULL-TIME: Boroughmuir Bears 23-17 Stirling County
Boroughmuir Bears: TRY – Euan Ferrie, Tom Brown CON – Tom Pittman (2) PEN – Tom Pittman (2) DROP GOAL – Tom Pittman
Stirling County: TRY – Dean Taylor-Menzies, Archie Russell, Tom Roche CON – Craig Robertson
Ref: Graeme Ormiston
AR1: Keith Allen
AR2: Ross Mabon
No4: Kevin McGhee
Time: Dr Rebecca Wheater
FOSROC Player of the Match
Trystan Andrews (Boroughmuir Bears)
Yellow – Connor Gordon (Stirling County)
Boroughmuir Bears: 15. Martin Cimprich, 14. Tom Brown, 13. Ronan Kerr, 12. Duncan MunN, 11. Jordan Edmunds, 10. Tom Pittman, 9. Kaleem Barreto; 1. Ross Dunbar, 2. Craig McKenzie, 3. Dan Winning CAPTAIN, 4. Jack Fisher, 5. Will Inglis, 6. Craig Keddie CAPTAIN, 7. Scott McGinley, 8. Trystan Andrews.
Replacements: 16. Finlay Scott, 17. George Cave, 18. Martin McGinley, 19. Euan Ferrie*, 20. Mzwandile Mncube, 21. Kyle McGhie, 22. Murray Johnstone, 23. Rory Drummond
Stirling County: 15. Craig Robertson, 14. Steven Hamilton, 13. Archie Russell, 12. Craig Jardine, 11. Tom Roche, 10. Andrew Goudie, 9. Grant Hughes; 1. JP Phelan, 2. Reyner Kennedy CAPTAIN, 3. Lewis Skinner, 4. James Pow, 5. Byron Bowes, 6. George Arnott, 7. Connor Gordon, 8. Dean Taylor-Menzies
Replacements: 16. Angus Fraser*, 17. Kevin Crainey, 18. George Breese, 19. Bradley Luney, 20. Ali Mackie, 21. Caleb Korteweg, 22. Euan Cunningham*, 23. Landon Hayes
*FOSROC Scottish Rugby Contracted Academy Player
SATURDAY 28 AUGUST: Ayrshire Bulls v Heriot's Rugby
Heriot’s Rugby travelled to Millbrae this afternoon for the second fixture of the weekend in a fourth versus fifth battle.
First blood went to the hosts Ayrshire Bulls in the first few moments of the game.
They had made their way up-field with some nice line breaks by their front row forwards, but it was back row and captain Blair McPherson who found himself out on the touch line when the ball made its way wide which allowed him to dot down in the corner.
McPherson scored his second of the afternoon only ten minutes later when he twisted, turned, and powered his way down to the try line. Tom Jordan successfully added the conversion.
On the twenty-minute mark Bulls openside flanker Yaree Fantini broke up field, the ball was recycled, and scrum-half Harry Warr put in a wee kick through the defence. Full-back Elias Caven got there before Heriot’s James Couper and touched the ball down to score their third try of the afternoon.
When Heriot’s were penalised for an infringement at the scrum, Tom Jordan extended Bulls lead with a penalty between the posts to make it 20-0.
Heriot’s scored their first and only points of the afternoon when Robert Kay made a break up the far side of the pitch, with a well-timed pass the ball found its way out to James Couper who went in under the posts with Bruce Houtson adding the extras.
HALF-TIME: Ayrshire Bulls 20-7 Heriot’s Rugby
Bulls got on the score sheet first in the second half too.
From a goal line drop out by Heriot’s, the ball was collected in the air on one side of the pitch. With some nice handling it found its way to the far side and Robbie Nairn who ran hard at his opposite man, who was flying up, he stepped slightly and cantered in for a bonus-point try for the host. Tom Jordan successfully kicked the conversion.
With ten minutes to go the Bulls rolling maul got moving, replacement scrum-half Jordan Lenac was on hand to peel away from the maul and twist over the try line, Matt Minogue added the conversion.
Minutes before the final whistle Bulls mounted another attack, after a couple of pick-and-goes captain Blair McPherson crashed over for his third try of the afternoon.
Minogue was on hand to add the extra two points on offer and finish off the scoring.
FULL-TIME: Ayrshire Bulls 41-7 Heriot’s Rugby
Ayrshire Bulls: TRY Blair McPherson (3), Elias Caven, Robbie Nairn, Jordan Lenac CON Tom Jordan (2), Matt Minogue (2) PEN Tom Jordan
Heriot’s Rugby: TRY James Couper CON Bruce Houtson
Ref: Mike Adamson
AR1: Jonny Perriam
AR2: Samuel O‘Neil
No4: Digby Thomas
Time: Andy Summers
FOSROC Player of the Match
Ryan Sweeney (Ayrshire Bulls)
Ayrshire Bulls: 15. Elias Caven, 14. Aaron Tait, 13. Robert Beattie, 12. Tom Williams, 11. Robbie Nairn, 10. Tom Jordan, 9. Harry Warr; 1. Michael Scott, 2. Jamie Drummond*, 3. Calivin Henderson, 4. Edward Bloodworth, 5. Tom Everard, 6. Ryan Sweeney, 7. Yaree Fantini, 8. Blair MacPherson CAPTAIN.
Replacements: 16. Alex McGuire, 17. Craig Miller, 18. Ruairidh Sayce, 19. Ewan Bulger, 20. Gavin Wilson, 21. Jordan Lenac, 22. Matt Minogue, 23. Matt Davidson
Heriot’s Rugby: 15. Ross Jones CAPTAIN, 14. Robbie Chalmers, 13. Robert Kay, 12. Stuart Edwards, 11. James Couper, 10. Bruce Houston, 9. Lloyd Wheeldon; 1. Chris Keen, 2. Michael Liness, 3. Josh Scott, 4. Fraser Hastie, 5. Adam Sinclair, 6. Ruairidh Leishman, 7. Jack McClean, 8. Callum Marshall.
Replacements: 16. Cammy Fenton, 17. Andrew Nimmo, 18. Archie Bogle, 19. Lewis Govenlock, 20. Ronan Seydak, 21. Matt Russell*, 22. Jed Gelderbloom, 23. Callum Young.
*FOSROC Scottish Rugby Contracted Academy Player
FRIDAY 27 AUGUST: Watsonians Rugby v Southern Knights
Although both sides had showed moments of flair, the first score of the game came twenty minutes into the game.
Inside the twenty-two, Knights’ stand-off Jason Baggott put in a well-timed cross-field kick which was collected by winger Patrick Anderson who touched down in the corner.
Hosts Watsonians got their first points on the board five minutes later when Knights openside flanker Allan Ferrie was penalised for offside. Marc Morrison slotted the ball between the uprights to score their first points of the game.
Knights hit back with a successful penalty kick by Baggott before Karl Main crashed over for the hosts first try of the evening, The conversion was successful from Morrison.
Drop goals seem to be like busses in the FOSROC Super6, you wait long enough for one and then two come along at once. Following on from Bruce Houston’s first ever drop goal in the FOSROC Super6 last weekend, Baggott slotted a second in as many weeks for the tournament record books to make it a one-point game. [10-11]
The visitors had the final say in the first-half as the Knights pack set up a lovely platform for full-back Joe Jenkins to canter in a try with Baggott adding the extra points on offer.
HALF-TIME: WATSONIANS RUGBY 10-18 SOUTHERN KNIGHTS
The home side earned the first points in the second-half when hooker Cal Davies nipped in off the back of the rolling maul to take the lead for the first time in the game.
Knights went ahead two minutes later when Baggott slotted another penalty to make it 15-21.
Watsonians took back the lead once again when Steven Longwell dotted down for the home side, for his third try in as many weekends for the prop. Morrison successfully added the conversion. [22-21]
With twenty minutes to go Knight’s replacement prop Shaun Gunn was shown a yellow card for a no arms tackle, Watsonians capitalised on this as Morrison added another penalty to his tally for the evening. [25-21]
As the full-time whistle drew nearer Watsonians sealed the deal when No8 Sam Daly took a quick tap penalty to cruise past the Knights defence to score with Morrison adding the conversion.
FULL-TIME: WATSONIANS RUGBY 32-21 SOUTHERN KNIGHTS
Watsonians: TRY Karl Main, Cal Davies, Steven Longwell, Sam Daly, CON Marc Morrison (3) PEN Marc Morrison (2)
Southern Knights: TRY Patrick Anderson, Joe Jenkins, CON Jason Baggott PEN Jason Baggott (2), DROP GOAL Jason Baggott.
Ref: David Sutherland
AR1: Ross Mabon
AR2: Ruairidh Campbell
No4: Brian McGuff
Time: Ben Evans
FOSROC Player of the Match
Michael Badenhorst (Watsonians Rugby)
Shaun Gunn (Southern Knights)
Watsonians Rugby: 15. Jamie Forbes CAPTAIN 14. Harvey Elms 13. Scott King 12. Dominic Coetzer 11. Lomond MacPherson 10. Marc Morrison 9. Reiss Cullen; 1. Harrison Courtney, 2. Cal Davies CAPTAIN, 3. Steven Longwell, 4. Luis Ball 5. Michael Badenhorst 6. Karl Main 7. Harry Fisher 8. Sam Daly.
Replacements: 16. Ross Graham 17. Matias Sonzogni Argiro 18. Angus Williams 19. Kieran Watt 20. Campbell Wilson 21. Murray Scott 22. Joe Reynolds 23. Ru Smith
Southern Knights: 15. Joe Jenkins 14. Patrick Anderson 13. Nyle Godsmark 12. Cameron Scott 11. Iain Sim 10. Jason Baggott 9. Murdo McAndrew; 1. Grant Sheills CAPTAIN 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. James Head 20. Dalton Redpath 21. Cameron Jones 21. 22. Andrew Mitchell 23. Keiran Clark