FOSROC Super6 Round 6: Weekend Preview

FOSROC Super6 Round 6: Weekend Preview

The 2021 FOSROC Super6 returns this weekend for round six and the start of the return fixtures from the first five rounds.

Watsonians welcome Heriot’s Rugby under the Myreside lights this evening. Saturday sees Stirling County travel to Millbrae to face Ayrshire Bulls, before the weekend’s action concludes on Sunday at Meggetland as Boroughmuir Bears host Southern Knights – live on FreeSports.

Sunday 12 September: Boroughmuir Bears v Southern Knights 

Boroughmuir Bears welcome Southern Knights this afternoon for the final game of the weekend, which you can watch live on FreeSports or HERE on the Scottish Rugby website if you are outside of the UK and Ireland – commentary will be provided by Stuart McFarlane and Sean Lineen with host Dougie Vipond.

Spectators are welcome to Meggetland this afternoon, tickets can be bought HERE.

Match officials:
Ref: Sam Grove-White
AR1: Graeme Ormiston
AR2: Samuel O’Neil
No4: Thomas Digby
Time: Ben Evans

Previous encounters:
Sunday 10 January 2020
Boroughmuir Bears 12-31 Southern Knights
Sunday 19 January 2020
Southern Knights 46-17 Boroughmuir Bears
Sunday 22 August 2021
Southern Knights 22-13 Boroughmuir Bears

Boroughmuir Bears Head Coach Graham Shiel said: “It’s great to be back in training and preparing for Round 6 of the FOSROC Super6 competition. The second round of games provides another opportunity to measure ourselves against the best Scottish Rugby has to offer and the challenges just get harder and harder.

“We were very happy with our performance in round four versus Southern Knights and disappointed that we were unable to take any points from our journey to the Borders, so Sunday provides another opportunity for this group to pull together and build a performance to challenge Southern Knights and for our home support to be proud off.

“We have a settled look to the squad this week. One change in the pack, sees Rhys Tait available and coming in at openside for the unavailable Scott McGinley. In the backs both Robbie McCallum and Glen Faulds return to the starting line up, Robbie coming in for Duncan Munn, who has made an excellent start to his senior rugby but is unavailable this week.

“Glen will start on the wing, with Tom Brown moving across to fullback. This week we field a five-three split on the bench with the forwards remaining the same as our last outing and who made an impact when they came onto the pitch. Martin Cimprich starts from the bench this week along with Kyle McGhie and Murray Johnstone.”

Southern Knights Head Coach Rob Chrystie said: “Boroughmuir are an extremely dangerous opponent and when they get into multi-phase play they have players that can punish you. We know we will have to defend well and play with accuracy in what is sure to be an entertaining game this weekend.

“It’s been great to see Daniel Suddon and Patrick Anderson with Edinburgh Rugby this week and being involved with their fixture against Newcastle Falcons. This allows for Scotland Sevens star Sam Pecqueur to start after coming in as a Long-Term Injury replacement, along with promising youngster Keiran Clark in the back three. Ruaridh Knott starts at openside with Dalton Redpath starting in the second row.”

Boroughmuir Bears: 15. Tom Brown, 14. Glen Faulds, 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. Jack Fisher, 5. Will Inglis, 6. Craig Keddie CO-CAPTIAN, 7. Rhys Tait*, 8. Trystain Andrews

Replacements: 16. Finlay Scott, 17. George Cave, 18. Martin McGinley, 19. Mzwandile Mncube, 20. Rory Drummondm, 21. Murray Johnstone, 22. Kyle McGhie, 23. (blank shirt number) Martin Cimprich.

Southern Knights: 15. Keiran Clark, 14. Iain Sim, 13. Nyle Godsmark, 12. Andrew Mitchell, 11. Sam Pecqueur, 10. Jason Baggott, 9. Murdo McAndrew; 1. Grant Shiells CAPTAIN, 2. Fraser Renwick, 3. Euan McLaren, 4. Angus Runciman, 5. Dalton Redpath, 6. Harry Borthwick, 7. Ruaridh Knott, 8. Iain Moody.

Replacements: 16. Russell Anderson, 17. Shaun Gunn, 18. Calum Crookshanks, 19. James Head, 20. Allan Ferrie, 21. Cameron Jones, 22. Cameron Scott, 23. Joe Jenkins

Saturday 11 September: Ayrshire Bulls v Stirling County 

This week’s second encounter sees Ayrshire Bulls host Stirling County at Millbrae, the visitors registered their first win of the season with a kick in the last play of the game over the Bulls in round four.

Millbrae is open to spectators attending, and tickets can be bought HERE.

If you can’t make it to the game, highlights of this fixture will be available shortly after with commentary from Hugh Dan McLeannan

Match Officials:
Ref: David Sutherland
AR1: Dunx McClement
AR2: Bob Nevins
No4: Duncan Pine
Time: Graham Eastland

Previous encounters:
Sunday 8 December 2019
Stirling County 0-8 Ayrshire Bulls
Saturday 14 December 2019
Ayrshire Bulls 30-8 Stirling County
Friday 20 August 2021
Stirling County 30-28 Ayrshire Bulls

Ayrshire Bulls Head Coach Pat MacArthur said: “The players are really looking forward to the game against Stirling, with it being Ladies Day at the club it should make for a great atmosphere.

“We were happy with the five points before the break against Heriots, the team showed a lot of resilience, and improved on a number of areas we from the previous weeks performance.

“We will look for another strong performance this week against a Stirling team that will be hurting from their game against Boroughmuir. Our players will be determined to put in a good performance in front of our home support and look forward to the challenge that Saturday will bring.

“There’s a bit of a reshuffle since our last outing a few weeks ago. Matt Davidson comes into full-back with Elias Caven moving to the right wing for the injured Aaron Tait. Jordan Lenac and Alex McGuire swap places with Harry Warr and Jamie Drummond from the bench. We also welcome back George Thornton from Warriors duty with Michael moving to the bench.”

Stirling County Head Coach Ben Cairns said: “It’s been a tough couple of weeks off the back of a disappointing second half and result versus the Bears. There have been some harsh words spoken and we expect a reaction from the group this weekend. Millbrae is never an easy place to go, the Bulls will be full of confidence after an excellent performance last time out vs Heriots and will be hungry to go back-to-back at home.

“It has only been three weeks since the two sides last met, producing one of the best matches in the competition to date. With Ladies Day at Millbrae they will be expecting a big crowd and hopefully we can put on another show for all in attendance.

“The backline remains unchanged from our last outing. The pack sees Billy Dineen earn his first start of the campaign, Bradley Luney rotates in for Byron Bowes and Callum Cruickshank returns in the back row for Dean Taylor-Menzies, who is following concussion protocols.

“We also welcome Cole Lamberton to our match day squad. Cole comes in as a permit player from WFC to enable us to name the required front row cover. Josh Van Vuuren comes onto the bench once more to complete our changes.”

Ayrshire Bulls: 15. Matt Davidson, 14. Elias Caven, 13. Robert Beattie, 12. Tom Williams, 11. Robbie Nairn, 10. Tom Jordan, 9. Jordan Lenac; 1. George Thornton, 2. Alex McGuire, 3. Calvin Henderson, 4. Edward Bloodworth, 5. Tom Everard, 6. Ryan Sweeney, 7. Yaree Fantini, 8. Blair MacPherson CAPTAIN

Replacements: 16. (25) Jamie Drummond*, 17. (17) Ruairidh Sayce, 18. (18) Michael Scott, 19. (16) Ewan Hamilton Bulger, 20. Gavin Wilson, 21. Tom Lanni, 22. Christian Townsend*, 23. Harry Warr

Stirling County: 15. Craig Robertson, 14. Steven Hamilton, 13. Archie Russell, 12. Craig Jardine, 11. Tom Roche, 10. Andrew Goudie, 9. Grant Hughes; 1. Billy Dineen, 2. Reyner Kennedy CAPTAIN, 3. Lewis Skinner, 4. James Pow, 5. Bradley Luney, 6. Callum Cruickshank, 7. Connor Gordon, 8. George Arnott.

Replacements: 16. Angus Fraser, 17. Cole Lamberton*, 18. George Breese, 19. Byron Bowes, 20. Josh Van Vuuren, 21. Caleb Korteweg, 22. Euan Cunningham*, 23. Landon Hayes

*FOSROC Scottish Rugby Contracted Academy Player

Friday 10 September: Watsonians v Heriot’s Rugby  

Watsonians returned to winning ways in round five to cement themselves at the top of the FOSROC Super6 table at the break, although Heriot’s are the only team to have overcome the hosts this year and will be looking to replicate that performance this evening.

Crowds are welcome to attend Myreside for tonight’s game, with tickets available HERE.

For those who can’t make it to Myreside tonight then you can watch it live on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport Scotland channel with commentary from Paul Mitchell and Rhona Hume.

Match officials:
Ref: Finlay Brown
AR1: Ruairidh Campbell
AR2: David Changleng
No4: Kevin McGhee
Time: Alan Forrest

Previous encounters:
Sunday 17 November
Heriot's 17-32 Watsonians Rugby
Friday 14 February
Watsonians Rugby 24-21 Heriot's Rugby
Saturday 21 August 2021
Heriot's Rugby 26-8 Watsonians Rugby

Watsonians Head Coach Fergus Pringle said: "The weeks break came at a good time for all the squads as the games have come around quickly and have been intense and physical contests.

"We’re all looking forward to the second round of games starting with Heriots at Myreside on Friday night. We learnt some tough lessons down at Goldenacre in our last meeting in round 4 and are keen to put those lessons into practice on Friday night. After a solid performance against the Knights in round 5, we know the areas we need to improve on in order to give ourselves a chance against Heriot’s.

"There's only one change to the starting team from the last game with Sam Grahamslaw coming in to replace Harrison Courtney who moves to the bench. Thomas Jeffrey also comes onto the bench. Ross Graham is out with an injury and Kwagga Van Niekerk returns to the match day squad. Roan Frostwick also comes onto the bench for Murray Scott"

Heriot's Rugby Head Coach Andrew Kelly said: "There has been a very good reaction to the loss against Ayr. The players have trained well over the down week and in the lead up to this game. The players are focused on fixing a few issues and putting in a good performance against Watsonians.

"All the players have trained really well over the break week but we feel this is the right team to take on Watsonians."

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. Sam Grahamslaw, 2. Cal Davies, 3. Steven Longwell, 4. Luis Ball, 5. Michael Badenhort, 6. Karl Main, 7. Harry Fisher, 8. Sam Daly.
Replacements: 16. Campbell Wilson, 17. Thomas Jeffrey, 18. Harrison Courtney, 19. Kieran Watt, 20. Kwagga Van Niekerk, 21. Roan Frostwick, 22. Joe Reynolds, 23. Ru Smith

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. Andrew Nimmo, 2. Cameron Fenton, 3. Josh Scott, 4. Ruairidh Leishman, 5. Fraser Hastie, 6. Iain Wilson CAPTAIN, 7. Jack McClean, 8. Callum Marshall.
Replacements: 16. Michael Liness (26), 17. Michael Jones (18), 18. Chris Keen (19), 19. Ronan Seydak (22), 20. Jason Hill (17), 21. James Couper (20), 22. Alex Ball (21), 23. Nathan Chamberlain

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