FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series Guide to the Game | Play-off 2

FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series Guide to the Game | Play-off 2

The FOSROC Super6 Sprint series is in its second stage of competition with its second round of play-off fixtures.

FRIDAY 3 June: Ayrshire Bulls v Watsonians Rugby

It's third versus first in the opening match of the second round of Sprint Series play-offs this weekend. Ayrshire Bulls were narrowly defeated in their last play of the game against Stirling County last Friday night and will be looking to make amends whilst Watsonians will be looking to keep it six wins from six and an unbeaten record so far this season.

How to Watch
You can watch live on FreeSports from 7:30pm, Freeview HD channel 64, Sky HD channel 422, Virgin HD 553, TalkTalk 64, BT Vision channel 64 and on the online FreeSports Player. Outside of the UK and Ireland you can watch on the Scottish Rugby website.

Commentary on the evening is from Hugh Dan McLeanan and Kenny Murray hosted by Dougie Vipond.

Be there
You can be at Millbrae, tickets available to buy ahead of time: https://ayrrugbyclub.co.uk/product/ayrshire-bulls-v-watsonians/

Match Officials
Ref – Ross Mabon
AR1 – Dunx McClement
AR2 – Alistair Watt

What the Coaches said:
Pete Horne (Ayrshire Bulls): "Everyone at the club is excited to see Harry Murray make his debut after recovering from injury. He has shown lots of promise in training and it is great he has recovered in time to get an opportunity to show what he can bring to the Bulls jersey. Thomas Glendinning is back fit for the first time since an impressive debut in round one to take his place on the wing. Matt Minogue has earned an opportunity to showcase his ability and starts at stand-off whilst its a family affair in the front row as cousins Grant Stewart and Andrew Nimmo make their first starts together. Rhodri Tanner comes into the squad on the bench.

"The group were devastated at full time last week but as always turned up to training with the bit between their teeth, adamant to take the learnings and get better. Although our tournament is over I know this group have too much pride to give anything but 100% against an unbeaten Watsonians. We have the desire to right a few wrongs and if that wasn’t enough motivation it’s Rhodri Tanner’s last game for the club. Rod has been at the heart of everything on and off the field for the last 12 months. A fierce competitor and a bloody good man. I hope we can put in a performance to make him proud this weekend."

Fergus Pringle (Watsonians Rugby): "There are three changes in backs and positional change. Dom Coetzer replaces Harry Paterson at fullback, Lomond MacPherson starts on the wing in place of Matt Currie and Jason Baggott replaces Joe Reynolds, Lee Millar moves from stand-off to inside centre. On the bench, Connor Eastgate, Greg Cannie and Brodie Young get their first opportunity in the match day squad. In the forwards, Mesu Kunavula, Pierce Phillips and Bobby Bratton come into the starting lineup, while Kwagga Van Niekerk and Karl Main play from the bench. Gregor Scougall returns to the squad on the bench.

"We’re really excited for our first playoff game and there’s no getting away from the fact that there’s a lot at stake. The Ayrshire Bulls are a class outfit and a very tough team to play against, especially on their home patch at Millbrae. We are focused on being accurate and disciplined in everything we do and need to be more consistent across the whole game, if we are going to come out on top."


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SATURDAY 4 June: Southern Knights v Heriot's Rugby

Southern Knights play their final game of the Sprint Series on Saturday as they host Heriot's Rugby (kick off 2pm). Knights will be looking for a first win of the series, whilst Heriot's will be pushing for a fourth place finish.

How to Watch
The game will be shown live on BBC Sport Online, BBC iPlayer and the Scottish Rugby website.

Be there
You can be at the Greenyards, tickets are available to buy ahead of time: https://www.citizenticket.co.uk/events/southern-kn...

Match Officials
Ref – Michael Todd
AR1 – Finlay Brown
AR2 – Bob Nevins

What the Coaches said:

Bruce Ruthven (Southern Knights): "The Knights have a some players returning to the squad this week with Callum Grieve getting the nod in the number 15 shirt. Paddy Anderson returns to the wing with Aidan Cross retaining his jersey on the other wing after a good try scoring streak.

"Billy Wara moves into the midfield to accompany Robbie Chalmers who slides over to inside centre with Afshar and Chamberlain making up the half back pairing.

"Alan Ferrie returns to accompany Borthwick and Nelson who make up the back row.

"Rudi Brown and Dalton Redpath remain in the second row and Fraser Renwick returns at hooker after missing last week's game due to the birth of his first child.

"Grant Shiels and Matthew Woodward start at loose and tight head respectively.

"James Bett, Isaac Brace & Corey Bowker cover the front row bench spots with Sam Derrick and Thomas Brown covering the back five of the scrum.

"Murray Redpath stands in waiting for scrum half whilst Jacob Henry makes his return after suspension.

"Ben Pickles is set to make his debut for the Knights off the bench after returning from long term injury.

"We are looking forward to welcoming Heriot’s down to The Greenyards.

"We anticipate being up against a strong squad on Saturday and understand that we will have to make improvements on last week's first fifty minutes to give ourselves an opportunity to win the match.

"The players recognise the importance of putting in a consistent performance over the eighty minutes and are looking forward to doing battle with Heriots who have shown throughout the Sprint campaign that they are an abrasive ads strong squad."

Andrew Kelly (Heriot's Rugby): "We welcome Edinburgh players Charlie Savala, Cameron Hutchison and Jack Blain into our squad this week.

"Cameron Fenton earns his first start of the Sprint Series after recovering from a concussion and performing off the bench against Stirling.

"Lewis Govenlock also comes into the starting 15 after recovering from a concussion versus Watsonians.

"It will be an exciting game down at the Greenyards.

"It's looking like its going to be great weather down there and both teams will be looking to play some attractive rugby.

"There are threats all over the Knights starting team but we are looking at our performance and our levels of desire to win this game."

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