FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series Guide to the Game | Round 4

FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series Guide to the Game | Round 4

The FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series continues this weekend. Here's our guide to each game ahead of kick-off.

FRIDAY 6 MAY: STIRLING COUNTY V BOROUGHMUIR BEARS 

Stirling County host the first fixture in the fourth round of the Sprint Series this weekend. They will looking to make it three wins on the trot after a convincing win at The Greenyards last Friday night. Boroughmuir will be looking to register their first win of the 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.

Be there
You can be at Bridgehaugh on Friday evening, tickets are free but spectators are asked to register here: http://bit.ly/StirlingvBoroughmuir

Match Officials
Ref – Ian Kenny
AR1 – Ruaridh Campbell
AR2 – Bob Nevins

What the Coaches said:
Ben Cairns (Stirling County): "Ben Salmon comes in to replace Walter Fifita and it’s an all new front row with Angus Fraser rotating in for Gregor Hiddleston, George Breese in for Cam MacMillan and Callum Norrie earning his first start at tighthead prop, Murphy Walker is released by Warriors to take a spot on the bench.

"We are really looking forward to being back at Bridgehaugh. Our first home match of the season was a great experience, not only because of the performance on the pitch, but off it too where there was real buzz around the ground all day. We are hoping to have another big crowd for what promises to be another special atmosphere under the Friday night lights.

"The Bears are yet to pick up their first win but have been competitive in all three rounds so far. Our matches are always tight affairs that tend to go down to the wire so we expect it to be another tight contest this time around."

Graham Sheil (Boroughmuir Bears): "We are delighted to welcome back Trystan Andrews from injury which has kept him out of the first three games to start at Number 8. Scott McGinley takes over as captain, in Craig Keddie’s absence through injury. Josh King returns to his old stomping ground starting on the blind side flank. Hamish Bain and Ewan Stewart make up the boiler house combination again this week and the starting front row alters slightly with Callum Smith making his first start at Tight Head alongside Corey Tait and Brandon Sweet at Loose Head.

"Murray Johnstone earns his first start combining with Harry Mercer at half back and outside Robbie McCallum and Duncan Munn start in the centres.

"Glen Faulds remains on the wing combining with Adam Scott and Tom Brown in the back three. In line to make his FOSROC Super6 debut this week is Scotland U18 Captain 17 year old Liam McConnell who has impressed in training during his time with the Bears. Iain Carmichael (Glasgow Hawks) and Chris Anderson (Boroughmuir RFC) continue with us on ‘emergency cover’ as hooker and loose head prop. Marcus Goodwin covers the Tight Head and Jack Fisher and Mzwandile Mncube will add impact from the bench this week.

"Brodie Young (Watsonians FC) joins the squad as emergency cover and is in line to make his FOSROC Super6 debut at scrum half along with Ronan Kerr covering the backline.

"Last weekend was a very tough encounter physically and took it’s toll on a few players which sees a bit of a change in some areas of selection for the Bears. It has been a very challenging first 3 games of 2022 and unlikely to change anytime soon as we travel to an in form Stirling County. We were unable to apply any real pressure on Watsonians last week which was disappointing as a squad, but we have had time to reflect on our performance and have a chance to make improvements which is a must if we want to challenge Stirling County at Bridgehaugh.

"Bridgehaugh is always a tough venue to play at and the squad knows how big an effort is required to compete against a confident Stirling County at home."

TEAM SELECTIONS

SATURDAY 7 MAY: WATSONIANS V HERIOT'S RUGBY 

Watsonians host Heriot's at Meggetland on Saturday (kick off 2pm). Watsonians are the only team who are still unbeaten in the Sprint Series and sit top of the table, whilst Heriot's sit just two points behind in second.

How to Watch

The game will be shown on BBC Sport online, BBC iPlayer and the Scottish Rugby website.

Be there

Tickets are on sale now! You can pay at the gate or buy in advance from the link here: https://www.citizenticket.co.uk/events/watsonian-f...

Match Officials

Referee: Ruairidh Campbell
AR1: David Sutherland
AR2: Dunx McClement

What the Coaches said:

Fergus Pringle (Watsonians) said: "There is one change to the starting team from last week with Joe Reynolds starting from the bench this week.

"Lee Millar replaces him and makes his first start of the campaign.

"On the bench, Campbell Wilson replaces Patrick Harrison who is involved with Edinburgh.

"Sam Grahamslaw is on pro release and AP McWilliam comes into the squad as emergency cover. Dom Coetzer returns from injury to play off the bench.

"We head back to Meggetland this week as the home team to take on a strong Heriots outfit who will come into the game full of confidence as usual.

"We took a lot of positives out of our performance last week against the Bears, but we also know we need to keep on improving our game and have a bit more collective consistency across a full 80 minutes.

"It’s an exciting challenge for us to take on Heriots at a neutral venue, and see how we match up against a form team."

Andrew Kelly (Heriot's Rugby) said: "Ronan Seydak comes into the pack after impressing off the bench in the last three games.

"Lewis Govenlock also comes into the starting fifteen for his first Super6 start at seven, he replaces the injured Iain Wilson.

"Robert Kay has his first start of the season alongside Nyle Godsmark in the midfield.

"James Couper comes back into the starting fifteen after a great performance off the bench versus Ayrshire Bulls last week.

"Edinburgh players Jed Gelderbloom and Charlie Savala are on the bench and will add pace to the game when they come on.

"This is a great challenge for our squad, Watsonians have played three and won three so are going really well.

"They have a very settled team with great players from one to fifteen.

"Their game management is excellent, their backs put them into great position with their kicking game.

"We need to counter that kicking game and nullify their big pack to be in with a chance of winning the game.

"We will be looking to improve on some areas of the game from last week. We are looking to play as much as we can and looking forward to the game at Meggetland."




TEAM SELECTIONS

SATURDAY 7 MAY: SOUTHERN KNIGHTS V AYRSHIRE BULLS 

Southern Knights host Ayrshire Bulls at The Greenyards on Saturday (kick off 4.30pm). Knights will be hoping for a first win of the season, whilst Bulls will be looking to build on two wins in their opening three games.

How to Watch

The game will be shown on BBC Sport online, BBC iPlayer and the Scottish Rugby website.

Be there

Tickets are on sale now! You can pay at the gate or buy in advance from the link here:https://www.citizenticket.co.uk/events/southern-kn...

Match Officials

Referee: Finlay Brown
AR1: Ross Mabon
AR2: Michael Todd

What the Coaches said:

Bruce Ruthven (Southern Knights) said: "We have a new half back pairing this week with Murray Redpath and Nathan Chamberlain, both players will be looking to cement themselves as the half back pairing.

"The front row remains the same with Ruaridh Knott partnering debutant Thomas Brown in the second row.

"Sam Derrick makes his debut after a long term injury starting at No 6 with Rudi Brown moving to Number 8.

"Centre Robbie Chalmers makes a return to the outside centre with Billy Warra returning to the wing.

"We are really looking forward to going toe to toe with the Bulls.

"The matches in the past have always been a great spectacle and hard fought which wont be any different tomorrow.

"We have a number of changes this week due to injuries but this provides opportunities for the rest of the squad to show its depth and for players to take their chance.

"The Knights are searching for their first win and are in confident mood but know they will have to improve and be more accurate & consistent throughout the eighty minutes to get a result."

Pete Horne (Ayrshire Bulls) said: "We are boosted by the return from injury of a couple of players for our trip to the Greenyards.

"Bobby Beattie, a stand out performer last season, returns at 13 and everyone at the club is excited to see Jamie Sheddon make his debut on the wing.

"Rory Jackson moves forward into the second row and Tim Brown who impressed earlier this season against Boroughmuir will make his first start in the number 7 jersey.

"Rhodri Tanner also returns to action this weekend after shaking off a foot injury picked up in pre season.

"Last weekend was an excellent defensive performance, the win was built on hard work and physicality and I was proud of how hard the players worked for each other.

"Last weekend we set standards in these areas that anyone picking up the jersey has to maintain and I am excited for the challenge an away trip to the Greenyards poses our group.

"The Borders is never an easy place to go and after some narrow defeats the Knights will be desperate to get their season back on track.

"I am confident our players will rise to the occasion and it should make for an excellent game."

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